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Platte City, Mo. 

Kansa.s Citv, Mo.: 



KiUcred according 
In the Office '^•' ' 

to UK- Act of Ccgress, in the year 1897, by 

.. .r, ,n of Congress, at Washington, D. C. 





Qui* county I'ecoids claiiu 
No heroes known to I'anio, 

No mystic legends old; 
No monuments are found, 
No ruins mar the ground. 

No minstrel tale is told. 

PLATTE COUNTY has little to inspire the rhapsodist, or to 
kindle the enthusiasm of the antiquary. Our native rocks have 
no rude inscrijttions; no chronicler records the prowess of our 
al)origines. and few remains attest the liigh civilization of a race 
now extinct. But our unduhiting prairies, our fertile soil, our 
ancient forests, and our gurgling streams charm the utilitarian 
and philanthropist. Sublimity may attract us for a day, or deso- 
lation awe us for an hour, but we make our home on the well- 
watered domain, where fields of cereals wave before the breeze, 
and grazing herds respond to our call. 

Relicfi are rarely found. I have never, myself, picked up an 
arrow-head, but I have seen several collections of arrow-heads, 
tomahawks, and mills, or mortars. Dr. J. A. Baldwin has the 
largest store of Indian relics in the county. 

Except on the blutf at latan, and in the extreme southeastern 
corner of the county, no mounds appear. No Indian village was 
ever established, and scarcely a wigwam erected on our soil. 
Though the lowas and the Sacs and Foxes set up claim to our 
lands, theii- titles were shadowy, and not su])])orted bypresci-iption. 


jT^ In 1S59, Col. Geo. S. Pai-k i»]owed up in his orchard, adjacent 

to Parkville, large, square, well-burned brick, held together by 

straw, in the Egyptian style. They were covered by only a foot 

of earth, and were part of a large building. 

; In 1877, a i)arty of anti(|uarians. from Kansas City, opened 

"- four mounds on the Peter Brenner farm, below Parkville. and 

found stone enclosures eight feet square and four feet high. A 

number of human skulls were uncovered, some indicating large, 

and others very small. ])eoi)le. They suggested a*n earlier race 

^' than the Indians, but scarcely above them in intelligence. Near 

the mounds w^ere scattered lai-ge quantities of tiint arrow-heads, 

X tomahawks, and spear-heads. They discovered a large number 

of small mills for crushing grain. See the Lanfhvark for !March 

22, 1877. 

-^ In the Rerrillr of ^lay 10, 1871, is an account of the mounds 

> on Dan'l Pixley's farm, four miles east of Parkville. One large 


central mound is surrounded by sixteen smaller ones, the whole 
occupying only a few acres of ground. It is stated that early in 
May, 1871, a party of Indians came down the Missouri River, and 
went straight to these mounds, and opened several of them. 
They took out many human bones, and threw them away, but the 
purpose of the visit is a myster}'. Further examination of these 
mounds disclosed human bones in layers, separated by large 
flat stones. 

Near latan, on a bluff overlooking the Missouri, is a group of 
mounds, several of which have been opened by Prof. George J. 
Remsburg, of Atchison. Under date of July 16, 1896, he writes 
to the St. Joseph Gazette an account of his explorations, from 
which I extract the following account of the contents of a mound 
on the farm of James Palmer, two miles east of latan: 

'The mound measured 25 feet in diameter and was probably 
the largest ever explored in this vicinity. Huge stones were im- 
bedded firmly in the earth and formed a rude vault. There were 
about three wagon-loads of rock in the mound. These had been 
carried by the Indians from the base of the bluff and served as a 
protection from the ravages of wild animals. But it remained 
for the eager antiquarian, who is always prying into the mysteries 
of the past, to visit the sepulcher, and, like the angel of the resur- 
rection, 'roll the stone away.' What did it reveal? Lying pros- 
trate in the vault, under this massive pile of earth and stone, with 
the head to the north, was the skeleton of an Indian almost com- 
pletely decayed. 

"We first commenced removing the earth and stone on the 
north side of the mound, going no deeper than the base of the 
tumulus or the surface of the earth. We first struck the skull, but 
it was so nearly decayed that it could only be traced by the crum- 
bling particles in the soil. By allowing the earth to adhere to it 
and by very delicate handling, we managed to save a small portion 
of one of the jaws containing six teeth. They were worn down 
very short and smooth, which would indicate that the deceased 
was of an advanced age or that he had subsisted on a very 
coarse diet. 

"We gradually penetrated the mound, working like tigers in 
the op])ressive heat, removing the huge stones, most of which 
seemed to be set in the ground with the larger end down, which 
made them difficult to re7nove. Some of the stones were over a 
foot in thickness and from two to three feet long. 

"By carefn'lly removing the earth with a pocket-knife, several 
good-sizod pieces of the leg-bones were saved. One of the thigh- 
bones has a small round hole in it, which very much resembles a 
bullot-hole. It issiugulai'.rousideriug the decomposed state of the 
skeleton, that one of the bones of the toe with the uail on it was 
well preserved. The few remaining fragments were charred and 
calcined, and the walls of the vault were red. showing unmistak- 
able signs of fire. There were also bits of charcoal and burnt 


earth in tlie iiioiiiul. U is evident that ereiiiatiuii was practiced 
by the tribe to which the dec€\ased bekmged. It seems that the 
stone vault had bwn built on the surface of the ground, the body 
placed in it and burned, and then the pile of stone and eartli 
reared above it. No relics of any kind were unearthed except a 
few pieces of wrought Hint. 

''The mound was located on one of the highest points in this 
region and commands a splendid view in every direction. No 
doubt at least a century has elapsed since the mound was built. 
Mr. Palmer, who settled tliere in 1845, more than half a century 
ago, says the mound looked as old tlu'n as when it was o])ened 
yesterday. A large Avhite oak tree originally grew on top of the 
mound, but it was cut down in 18(50 and converted into ties for the 
K. C. railroad. The tree measured nearly four feet in diameter. 

"On the same hill, about 10 or 15 rods south of this mound, is 
another similarly constructed, but a little smaller. There is also 
one in Mr. Palmer's garden, and several on another hill just east 
of his house. Looking northwest from the mound opened yester- 
day, .one may see three very prominent mounds on Pud Smith's 
farm, about a mile away. There is a very large mound in front of 
John Vandrel's kitchen door. Several men dug into the side of 
it some time ago, and exhumed several skulls. There are a num- 
ber of smaller mounds on the terraces of the creek bottom which 
runs through latan. Several of these are near the old mill on the 
south side of the creek, and one on the north side, in Bud Palmer's 
field. Some of these mounds are the remains of Indian lodges, 
and the writer found a portion of a pottery vessel near one of 

•'Some time ago the writer explored a small mound on the old 
Major Bean farm near Bean Lake. Although similarly con- 
structed, it presented somewhat of i\ contrast to tlie mound on 
Mr. Palmer's farm in some respects. From the large mass of 
charred bones it was evident that several Indians had been de- 
posited in one mound. The bones were scattered about promis- 
cuously, which indicated that they had been buried with little or 
no regularity. A layer of burned substance resembling brick 
had to be penetrnted before reaching the remains. The pieces of 
skull found in this mound were unusually thick. Indian mounds, 
camp-sites, and other remains are scattered along the bluffs at 
intervals all the way from Kushville, in Buchanan rounty. to 
latan and Weston, in Platte Tounfy, and it presents one of the 
best fields for the anti(]uarian in this region. TTundreds of in- 
teresting relics have been picked up in the fields herenbouts. The 
writer has a tomahawk which ^Tr. Paluiet's father nicked up 
in 1845." 

Ancient walls and graves have been uncovered, near Pnrk- 
ville. but little of intei-est hns been disclosed. 



Sulphur, in large quantities, was discovered near Beverly, 
but no mines of any kind have been opened. Chalybeate and 
other mineral waters are found in many jjlaces. 


Coal has been found cropping out in many places. Near 
Linkville, in the bed of Second Creek, a layer of coal appears, and 
many tons of it have been used by blacksmiths, but the admixture 
of sulphur has condemned it. Near Waldron there is a vein of 
coal of better quality, and, at one time, plans were laid to mine it. 
Coal has been found near the surface in other places, but not in 
paying quantities and qualities. The miners of Leavenworth 
County, Kansas, find an excellent article of coal at a depth of 
seven hundred feet. They are now removing coal from beneath 
the Missouri River, and have even reached our shore. They have 
bought coal rights under some twelve hundred acres of Platte 
County lands, and, in a few years, expect to open shafts on this 
side of the river. There is no doubt that, at the depth of five to 
seven hundred feet, there is an abundant supply of the best of 
coal. Though companies have been formed to bore for coal at 
Platte City, at Weston, and at Parkville, and the necessary funds 
raised. \ef the money was returned and nothing done. The day 
will come when the rich stores of coal beneath our soil will be a 
source of wealth to our people. 



The first settlement of whites in ^Missouri is made at 
Ste. (Jenevieve. 

Lju-lede and his companions establish a trading-post at St, 

T^»]»ul;iti«)n of St. Louis. 02.5. 


IiHlinn traders liaxc li('ad(]uartei-s a1 Koubidoux (St. Joseph) 
and al Kandolpli lllulT, tliicc uiilc^s below tlu^ mouth of the 
Kansas liiver (Kansas (Mtvi. 

Louisiana reded to the Ciiited States bv the first Na]>oleon, 
for §L"),0()0.00(); formal dcdivorv of ]»ossession. December 20, 180.^.. 

\lfirrji in — lurisdict ion sr.rrendcred al St. Louis. 


Miirvh 26 — Congress divides the new territory iuto two parts. 
The northern department is called the District of Louisiana, and 
is attached to Indiana, of which (Jen. \V. II. Harrison is governor. 

Mail i//— Lewis and Clark, with 2S men, start from tlu'ir 
cam]) opjtosite the mouth of the Missouri, on their expedition to 
the Pacific. On their return, thcv reach St. Louis September 
23, 1806. 


By act of Congress the District of Louisiana becomes tlie 
Territory of Louisiana, and .lames >Vill<ins()n is appointed the 
first governor. 


Meriwether Louis is governor of the Territory- of Louisiana. 

Tlie ^lissouri Fur Company is organized at St. Louis by the 
Chouteaus and others. 

The Missouri (lazcftc issued at St. Louis by -Tos. Charless. 

Benjamin Howard, Governor of ^lissouri. 
Pioneers occupy the Boonslick lands. The United States 
census shows the population of Missouri, 20,84.5. 

June Jf — Congress changes the name of the Territory of Louis- 
iana to the Territorv of Missouri, the change to take effect Decem- 
l)er 7, 1812. 

\Mlliani Clark. (Jovernor of Missouri. 


The steamers Exprdltio)), Captain Craig, Jefferson, Captain 
Oft'ut, and the R. M. Johnson, Captain Colfax, with nine keel- 
boats, left St. Louis June 21, on the long, arduous, and perilous 
voyage to the mouth of the Yellowstone, to ascertain the prac- 
ticability of navigating the Missouri. Accompanying the voy- 
agers was ]»art of the 5th L^. S. Infantry, under command of 
Colonel Chambers. The Jefferson sank at Cot(^-Sans-des-Sans. 
Smith Calvert, then a lad, was eri-and-boy on the steamer IJ.rpedl- 
tlon. At Cow Island, the winter of 1810-20 was passed. In the 
spring, the steamers ascended the Missouri to Council P.lutTs. and 
here young Calvert was detailed with a party to construct Fort 

The crew preferred to winter at Cow Island, opposite Tatan. 
because some cabins were found there, left by Captain Martin. A 
cow. found on the island, donlttless left by Captain ^lartin, gave 
it the name of Cow Island, .lohn C. ^McCov, bite of Kansas Citv, 


iu a paper entitled "Survey of Kansas Indian L^nds," read Jan- 
uary 15, 1889, before the Kansas State Historical Society, and 
printed in the fourth volume of "Kansas Historical Collections," 
page 303, writes : 

"Captain Martin, in 1818, camped for the winter with three 
companies of U. S. Riflemen, on Cow Island, ten miles above 
Leavenworth, and during that winter killed between two and 
three thousand deer, besides great numbers of bears, turkeys, etc,'' 

I have often conversed with Mr. Calvert upon his stay at 
Cow Island. He said that hunting companies often crossed to 
the Missouri side, in Platte County, and found abundance of 
game. Indians were not found east of the Missouri. 


In the Landmark of March 23, 1883. is a long, rambling, and 
apochryphal statement, by Mr. Barnard, which is reproduced in 
Gatewood's ''History of Platte." He says that, with several young 
friends of Clay County, he boarded one of the Yellowstone 
steamers, and was put off at Eialto, below the site of Weston, 
where a few Indian traders had established themselves. Mr. 
liarnard did not come to Missouri earlier than 1835. About that 
time a gang of discharged soldiers built cabins at Rialto, and 
engaged in the illicit sale of whisky to soldiers of Fort Leaven- 
worth and to the Indians. To dislodge them, the northern limit of 
the Military Reserve was extended so as to embrace Rialto. But 
Mr. Barnard's story is absurd in its conception and contradictory 
in its details. 


A wagon road is opened from Liberty, by way of Smithville, 
to Council Bluffs. An express was at times run on the trail, by 
contractors, traders, and trappers. Smithville, being the last 
town a train of pack-mules left, and the tirst to entertain the 
drivers on their return, became for a few years a resort for 
drunken whites and begging Indians. This ceased when Fort 
Leavenwoi'th was eslablished, and when steamers ascended the 
^fissouri fi'equently. 


A French Canadian trader and trapper spent his winters in 
a cave or "dugout" on the bank of the branch emptying into the 
Missouri at I*arkville. His name was Alloe; and the Kickapoo 
Indians, across the ^lissouri. called him "White Alloe," and gave 
Ihis name to the l)!"nirli. That is the name by which it is 
known to-dav. 


Uuniplii-ey (Yankee) Smith, in 1822. located on Smith's Fork, 
so named from him. near what was then the western line of the 
State. Here he built a dam, and constructed a mill of round, 
unhewn white-oak logs. A pair of 2%1-foot millstones were cut 


from what was called "lust rock," or boulders. The wheel was 
the old-style tlutter wheel. A horse mill had previously been 
erected near Liberty by Tillery, but Smith's was the tirst, in 
Clay, run by water power. It was a matter of immense interest, 
and half of the people of Clay attended the raising. In 1S27, Mr, 
Smith cut from "lost rock'' a pair of 3i-foot stones, and bolts were 
added to the mill. Thus the tirst tlour mill arose in Clay and was 
a great convenience, I patronized these mills for a number of 
years and used dark but wholesome bread. 


The Western Engineer, with a corps of topographical sur- 
veyors, reached Old Franklin May 19, 1819, and went up as high 
as Chariton, returning the 22d of May. The people were intensely 
excited, and Old Franklin was ablaze with gunpowder. In 1819, 
Clay County received its first pioneers, and, the same year, a por- 
tion of the land w^as surveyed, 


March 6, 1820 — Congress passes the Compromise Bill, ad- 
mitting Missouri. The Constitutional Assembly met in St, 
Louis, and assented to the terms of admission. August 10, 1821, 
President Monroe recognized Missouri as a State. The first gov 
ernor of the State was Alexander McNair. He was elected in 
August, 1820. His successor, Frederick Bates, was elected in Au- 
gust 1824. John Miller succeeded, December 8, 1824, and was 
followed, in November, 1832, by Daniel Dunklin. In November, 
1830, Lilburn W. Boggs iiecame governor, and was followed, in 
November, 1840, by Thomas Reynolds. This completes the list 
down to the first general election in Platte County. 


In 1822, Clay was organized. It extended north to the Iowa 
line. The same year, Liberty was made the county seat. Feb- 
ruary" 11, 1822, the first county court was held at the house of 
John Owens, in Liberty. John Thornton, Elisha Cameron, and 
James (lilmore w-ere Judges; William L. Smith. County Clerk; and 
John Harris, Sheriff. 

August 5, 1822 — The first election was held in Clay County, 
in a booth at Liberty. 

December 9, 1822 — St. Louis is incorporated. 

Commissioners are appointed to locate and open a road to 
Santa F«^. 

April 29 — Lafayette is in St. Louis. Westport is the starting- 
point for Santa F^. Kansas City w^'is then known as Westport 
Landing. Steamboats commence to make occasional trips up 
the Missouri. One or two reach Libertv Landing, each season. 



This is the year of the great rise in the Missouri. Tlie rise of 
1844 was four feet higher. The Indians say the Missouri over- 
flows every fourteen or fifteen years. 

November 11 — A company of 93 emigrants from Bourbon 
Count}', Kentucky, arrive in Clay, after a long and tedious over- 
land journey, and settle near Smithville. The heads of fami- 
lies are: 1, Captain James Duncan; 2, Matthew Duncan; 3, Wil- 
liam Duncan; 4, Rice Davenport; 5, James Winn; 6, Sarah 
Music (widow) ; 7, James Gray (teacher). The caravan embraced 
7 wagons, 4 carts, 5 dearbons. 150 sheep, and 75 cattle. In their 
immediate settlement the,y found only the following families in 
possession: 1, Humphrey Smith; 2, Cornelius Gilliam; 3, John 
Gilliam; 4, William Riggs; and 5, Samuel Croley. There were 
no other neighbors. 

Xovemher 20 — The seat of government is removed from St. 
Charles to Jefferson City. 

' 1827. 

The following order was the initiative step for the establish- 
ment of Fort Leavenworth : 

"Adjutant-General's Office, 

"Washington, March 7, 1827. 

"Colonel Leavenworth, of the 3d Infantry, with four com- 
panies of his regiment, will ascend the Missouri, and when he 
reaches a point on the left bank, near the mouth of the Little 
Platte River, and within a range of twenty miles, above or below 
its confluence, he will select such position as, in his judgment, is 
best calculated for a site of a permanent cantonment. The spot 
being chosen, he will construct, with the troops at his command, 
comfortable, though temporary, quarters, sufficient for the accom- 
modation of four companies. This movement will be made as 
early as the convenience of the service will permit. j 

"Hy oi-dor of Major-General Brown.'' 


.1/^/// /7, 1827 — -Colonel H. L. Leavenworth and his four com- 
panies (»f 3d Infantry came up the Missouri on a steamer, touch- 
ing at Liberty Landiug. as Mrs. Shubal Allen well recollects. At 
1he moulli of the I'latte (I'arkville) he landed and made an accu- 
rate examination of the locality, but condemned it as a site for a 

}f(il/ (S, J827 — Colonel Leavenworth reported that there was 
no place on the left bank of th(^ ^fissouri he could recommend; but 
thnt IIkm'c was a site on the i-ight, oi- west, side of the river, known 
iis Rattlesnake Hills, that he npoioved. His recommendation 
wns ;)pin-ov<^(l September 10. 1S27. In the meantime Colonel 
Leavenworth had ei-ected tempoi'ary baiTacks, and his men had 


named the post "Cantonment Leavenworth." T]w name is 
adopted in (leneial Orders, dated November 8, 1827. Jiut Feb- 
juary 8, 18.'iL', by (Jeneral Order No. 1. tlie tith^ "Cantonment," in 
this, and all otlicr instances, is clianyed (o "Fort." Its locality is 
'AU decrees L'l miiiules north latitude and 1M; dej^rees 44 minutes 
west of Washington. 


A large body of land on the west side of tlu' Missouri was. 
at an early day, reserved from Indian grants, and in 18:^8 Presi- 
dent ^'an Buren designated the lands previously survej'ed be- 
tween Bee Creek and the Missouii, as a Military Reserve for 
Fort Leavenworth. The northern line was so run as to embrace 
Rialto, and dislodge a nest of outlaws, wiio had established them- 
selves at that place, and were selling liquor to soldiers and 
Indians. October 18, 1844, a large portion of the Reserve, on the 
Missouri side, was vacated, and, after survey by Daniel G. 
Saunders, was entered by preemptors. The present Reserve con- 
lains only 9^3(1 acres. Most of it is low and swampy bottom land. 
The original timber has been removed, and the land is now a 
waste of young elm, sycamore, willow, and cottonwood. It is of 
no use to the Government, and ought to be sold to settlers. When 
I first i)assed. in 18.'>9. through the Reserve, it was densely set in 
large cottonwood and sycamore trees. 


Late of NVeston, was a corporal in one of the companies that 
located the Cantonment, He always took to himself much honor 
for the ])art taken by himself. With his little hatchet, he blazed 
an oak tree, and inaugurated the grandest military post of 
the West. 



(Jeorge r. Duncan, now of Clinton County, Mo., but in 1828 
of Smithville, says he accompanied James Winn, Abijah Brooks, 
and Alex. B. Duncan on a fishing excursion to the Falls of Platte. 
Three w'agons were taken, and provision for man and beast. 
Fish were then — in the spring — coming down the river; and as 
they descended the inclined jdane of flat rocks, the fishermen 
caught them in nets, or lanced them with ]>ikes. There were 
some buffalo, but catfish were abundant, and weighed from 10 to 
TO pounds. TIh^ wagons w<M"e well loaded. Zadock ^Martin had 
not then come to the Falls, and tlu^ military road from Fort 
Leavenworth to Barry had not Iteen opened. 


For ten years after Fort Leavenworth was established Clay 
County was the base of supplies foi' the soldiers. Beef, bacon, 
lard, and vegetables, and other marketing were brought from 


Clay. But there was no wagon road. Platte River was often 
past fording. Bee Creelv liad no fords, and at that time every 
branch was a creelv, and every creek a rivulet. In the first settle- 
ment of Platte, hundreds of mill-sites were selected on streams 
that now do not run three months in the year. In the summer of 
182S soldiers were detailed to open a good road from the Fort to 
Barry. A ford of brush and stone was made on Bee Creek, and a 
perfectly straight road from the Missouri to Bee Creek was cut 
out, twenty feet wide. At Whiteley's farm it rose to the top of 
the ridge, and followed the divide to within a mile of the Falls. 
After crossing the road, it followed another divide to Barry. It 
passed in front of Garrard Chesnut's, crossed Todd's Creek at 
Ben Jack's, headed the hollows to Longpoint, and by a straight 
course went to Barry. The heavy work on the west end of the 
route was done by soldiers; but the people of Clay gave much 
assistance on the east end. 


But still two streams had to be crossed; and Zadock Martin 
was authorized to settle at the Falls and keep ferries over both 
the Platte and the Missouri rivers. Keel-boats were used on the 
Missouri, and for the Platte gunwales were hewed, and plank 
ripped out by the w^hip-saw. 


In the fall of 1828, came from Clay with his sons and slaves, and 
built, of hewed lynn logs, a two-room house on the bluff on the 
eastern shore, below the Falls. Two shed-rooms were added, 
making a house of four rooms. Here he kept a tavern in the 
wilderness. His force was a half-dozen negro men and as many 
stalwart sons. Besides these, there were his good wife and three 
handsome daughters. He had no neighbor within fifteen miles. 
Martin was peculiarly fitted for his calling. Tall and 
l)rawny, he weighed about 175 pounds. He wore a broad-rimmed 
hat and carried a hickory cane. His eyes flashed lightning, and 
his mouth reverberated thunder. He demanded instantaneous 
obedience of fi-iend or foe. Yet he was just and charitable, and 
loved by his family and his servants. His sons and negroes 
formed a military troop that even the commander of the Fort 
hesitated to exasperate. He cultivated corn in a field opposite 
his house, iu tli<^ bottom, and in a thirty-acre field where Ti'acy 
now stands. He also had a field of corn in Sand Prairie, opposite 
llie Fort, and another in Fancy Bottom, above Weston. He had a 
sugar camp on the bluff, above the present mouth of Bee Creek. 
His hay was cut on the prairie, three miles southeast of his home. 
His cattle wintered on the rushes that then abounded in all the 
^fissouri bottoms. His hogs i-an wild, and fed upon the mast, 
thnt consisted of acorns, hickory-nuts, and pecans. His hog- 
killing was done with dogs and guns. When pork was wanted. 


he shoukhM'od his rifle, called his dogs, and went game-hunting. 
His negroes had cabins scattered around on his lands and were 
ready at all hours to do him feudal service. 


Maif 29, .1828— A post-office was established at Fort Leaven- 
worth, and rhilip P. Rand was the first postmaster. IM-eviously, 
the officers and men received their mails at Liberty. 


Adam C. Woods and James H. Berry were citizens of Clay in 
1828, and fre(iuently visited the Fort. They saw the soldiers 
constructing llieir (piarters of hewed logs, and their stables of 
round cottonwood trees. The Cantonment afforded a market for 
the surplus produce of the west half of Clay. There were no 
Indians in Platte. A few lowas were at Blaclvsnake Hills, and at 
Agency, in Buchanan. The best-known officers at the Fort were 
Maj. Riley and Cols. Sumner, Harvey, and Kearney. 


Mr. Geo. B. Duncan says: ''I travelled the new road from 
Barry to Fort Leavenworth, by way of the Falls, in the autumn of 
1828. The road in the timber was very rough. We crossed tlit- 
Platte between the upper and the lower falls, which were about 2 
perpendicular feet each, and about 200 feet apart. The interim 
was a gently inclined plane, formed of large flat rocks, divided 
into parallelograms by seams, 4 to fi inches wide. They extended 
from shore to shore, and when the i-ivei* was full, a sheet of water, 
with flume-like i-apidity, descended over Ihem. When low. the 
surface of the rocks was bai'e, and the noisy watei- rip])led through 
the seaius. The natural fall, before the dam was built, was about 

1 S29. 


Mr. Duncan continues: ''In the fall of 1829, Rice Davenport 
and my father, James Duncan, sold a lot of bacon to the quarter- 
master at the Fort for 1| cents i)er pound. T drove the team. 
We crossed the ^fissouri in a flat-boat, constructed at Liberty, 
and brought up the river by a steam-boat. Two yoke of oxen 
were first taken over, and then the wagon. Net ])ork, in 1820. 
sold for 7.5 cents per hundred; horses brought .fl5 to f20, oxen per 
yoke |.'>0, and large steers .flO. A purchasei- of horses took a lot 
to Ohio. I made two trips io Ohio as a drovei*. After selling our 
horses, I retuiued on foot. We often visited the Platte territoi'v. 
hunting deei' and bees. Both were abundant. Ben Cornelis was 
the champion bee-huntei'. He often camped on Bee Creek, and 
gave it its name. One fall I killed one hundred and twenty deer. 
There were no buffaloes on this side of the Missou'-i. T never saw 
but one elk, and that was aftei- it was killed. Beeswax was n 

12 BARRY. 

Staple. It sold for 25 cents per pound. John and William Liv- 
ingston bad a large quantity of honey, and pressed it for the wax, 
throwing away the honey. They sold the wax to John Aull, of 
Lexington, and with the proceeds entered 80 acres of land. We 
had a sugar camp, but our neighbors sweetened their coffee with 
honey, which was called "sweetening." It sold for 10 cents per 
pound. Bear's meat was not sold; but when one was killed, the 
meat was divided among the neighbors. The first winter after 
our arrival in Clay we found a bear's hole, near the house. When, 
by strategem, we had killed it, it weighed 310 pounds. Wolves 
were abundant, and would have annoyed us, had we not 
kept dogs." 

September 24. 1829 — By treaty, the Delaware tribe of Indians 
were granted a body of land extending from the Kaw River to the 
Leavenworth Reserve. 


March 9, 1829 — A town and post-office are established at 
Barry. They were so named in honor of W. F. Barry, Postmaster- 
General. The enterprise of Peter H. Burnett made it a point of 
importance. He afterwards became the first territorial governor 
of California, and lately died in San Francisco. 



Prior to 1830, only an occasional steamer ventured up the 
dangerous Missouri. The first regular boat was the Otoe, Captain 
J. B. Hill. She was succeeded by the Hancock. The Globe, Cap- 
tain Wineland, made a trip for the Government in 1830. Boats 
came in the spring and summer, but never stayed over winter. 


In the fall of 1830, John C. McCoy, who died at Kansas City 
Se])tember2, 1889, surveyed the north line of the Delaware lands, 
and laid oft' the Reserve, on the east side of the Missouri. The 
south and east line of the Reserve was the old bed of Bee 
Creek. The original limits of the Reserve, east of the ^Missouri, 
embraced 0.000 acres — but it has been reduced to less than 1,000 
acres. On the west side of the Missouri, 5.904 acres were re- 
served. The south line is four miles long. 


Siepteniber .?//, 1830 — ^faj. John Dougherty, agent for the 
Pawneos. hold a counr-il with his tribe at Fort Leavenwoi'th. 


Tlic mails fiom Liborty to the Fort, at first carried weekly by 
horse, aiv now convcA'ed triweekly by liack. Robert Cain is al- 


lowed to settle at Todd's Creek, for change of horses. Siibse- 
(jueutly change of horses was made at the house of W'ni. Fox, of 
Longj)oint — so called because a long point of timber there ex- 
tended out into the prairie. 


Several crossings of Bee Creek were constructed by the 
soldiers, between 182S and 1831). In the latter year a high frame 
bridge was built at the point where Bee Creek enters the Missouri 
bottom. It was erected at the joint expense of the county and 
the Government. This was, for many years after the settlement 
of the county, the apju'oach to Weston. It was much later that 
the direct route from Platte City to Weston was opened. 


The Mormons come to Jackson County. 

Libcrti/ Arsenal is erected this year. David Bivens did the 
carpenter's work, and Kiley and Dykes the brick-work. The 
Arsenel and Robert Aull's house were the first brick buildings 
erected in Clay. 

About ]8?)2 the main channel of the Missouri changed from 
the west to the east side of Weston Island. 

The Mormons, robbed and threatened by the peoi)le of Jack- 
son County, pass over into Clay, and thence move on to Caldwell 

This spring Tlios. Johnson and Sashel Brown, of Clay, crossed 
the State line into Platte and raised corn, which they sold at Fort 


At this time the western boundary of the State of Missouri 
Avas a north-and-south line running through the mouth of the 
Kansas River. The territory lying west of the State line and easl 
of the Missouri, and traversed by the Little Platte, was known as 
the ''Platte Country-." The lowas and the Sacs and Foxes set 
claim to this land. Gen. Andrew Hughes was agent for these 
tribes, holding his headquarters at Agency, in what is now 
Buchanan County. By the treaty made with these tribes July 15, 
1830, the GovernuKMit was granted the jtrivilege of locating other 
tribes temporarily on this territory. In is:{2, it was offered to the 
D(^lawares, and refused by them, because therc^ were no buffalo 
u])on it. In 183:>. the lowas and Sacs and Foxes expressed a de 
sire to sell their territorial rights, on account of the encroach- 
ments of the whites. In 1834, by the treaty of Chicago, a part of 
the Pottawatomie tribe was located, tem])orarily, in, Platte 
County. This called forth from Senator Linn, of Missouri, the 
following letter to H. Ellsworth: 



"Washington, January 23, 1835. 

''Sir, — It lias long been desired by the people of Missouri to 
have annexed to the State that portion of territory lying between 
the western boundary of the great river Missouri, for the pur- 
pose of preventing the location upon it of an annoying Indian 
population; and for the purpose of having points to receive their 
supplies, and to ship their produce, within a moderate distance 
from their homes, upon the frontier. The location of the Potta- 
watomies, by the treaty of Chicago, on this territory, interposes a 
barrier to the attainment of these objects so important to the 
welfare and tranquillity of the inhabitants of the western coun- 
ties. Will you be so good as to furnish me your opinion of the 
propriety of ratifying that treaty, and the dangers of a collision 
between the two races, from placing the Indians between the 
white population and the Missouri River? 

"Very respectfully, 

"L. F. Linn:' 

Mr. Ellsworth, January 27, 1835, replied favorably to Senator 
Linn's suggestions, and advised the rejection of the Chicago 
treaty, and thus prevent the occupancy of the Platte Country by 
the Indians. Other correspondence on this topic will be found in 
Gatewood's "History of Platte," pages .545-9. 


In the summer of 1835, at a militia muster on Weekly Dale's 
farm, three miles north of Liberty, Gen. Andrew Hughes, agent of 
the lowas, presented the matter of annexation to those present, 
and a committee consisting of D. R. Atchison, A. W. Doniphan, 
W. T. Wood, Peter H. Burnett, and Ed. M, Samuel, was appointed 
to pi-epare a memorial to Congress, in favor of extending the limits 
of the State to the Missouri, so as to embrace the Platte Country. 
The memorial was written by Judge Wood, and was numerously 

But action had already been commenced by our Legislature. 
In 1834 and 1835, Article 2 of the State Constitution was so 
amended as to embrace the Platte Country, with a proviso that it 
should not take effect until the assent of Congress is given. This 
assent was given by act of Congress, approved June 7, 1836, con- 
ditioned upon the extinguishment of the Indian title, and the 
acceptance of the terms by the State. This acceptance was given 
by the Lcgislnt nrf December Ifi, 1830. 


In 1835 and 183(;. many of the people of Clay crossed the line 
and made improvements in Platte. Though Senator Linn esti- 
mates their number at three hundred. I have been able to get only 
the following names: Robert and William Asher, Felix Beau- 
champ. Xal Boydstf)n. ^"N'illiam Brown, Ar. and Rob't Chance, 


Chas. Cook, Ben Coinelis, Sol P^ades, Leauder Jones, Jos. I'orter, 
P-ph. (Tilliam, David and Jas. I\npe,H. Vance,and William Woods. 
An oflBcei' and posse were sent from the Fort, and with kindness 
they were required to leave. Several of their cabins were burned. 
Ts^at Boydston and others returned in 183G, and no notice was 
taken of them. But, for the convenience and safety of travelers, 
Eob't Cain was allowed to remain at Todd's Creek, and Joseph 
Todd between Fort Leavenworth and the Falls of IMatte. Zadock 
Martin, with his servants, family, and hands, kept the two ferries; 
but in 1837, Rob't Cain took charge of the ferry at the Fort. Wil- 
liam Brown and Wilson Williams lived at the Issue House after 
the arrival, in 1835, of the Pottawatomies, 


In the summer of 1835, two parties of this tribe, of several 
hundred each, were located, temporarily, in Platte. One party 
was placed in what has since l3een called the Pottawatomie 
Prairie, and the other in the bottom and hills opposite Fort 
Leavenworth. Rations of beef, flour, bacon, etc., were issued to 
them. An issue liouse was built some sixty yards north of the 
present house of B. F. Whitely, of round logs, floored with 
puncheons, and covered with clapboards. Thompson, Wallis & 
Co. had the contract to furnisli the Indians with beef. John 
Boulware was their superintendent. I remember attending 
Esquire Chas, Wells' court, in this old landmark, in 1839. Jus- 
tice's courts, at that day, were attended by hundreds of men, and 
a jury was easily summoned. The Indians were here only two 
years. They were removed to western Iowa in the summer of 1837. 


Mr. Todd having been driven from the claim lie selected in 
1835 on Todd's Creek, which took its name from him, he applied 
for permission to settle on the Military Road, three miles west of 
the Falls. This license was granted him, and the rich body of 
hackberry lands is still called the Todd Settlement. His neigh- 
bors were Martin, at the Falls, and Boulware, Brown, and Wil- 
liams, at the Issue House. The Pottawatomies were around him, 
and the old chief, called Col. Caldwell by the whites, and known 
by his warriors as Socanois, pitched his wigwam in ^Tr. Todd's 
yard. He took pleasure in reciting his adventures in broken En- 
glish. He claimed that he was with Tecumseh at the battle of the 
Thames. With assumed dignity, he would say: "Before the 
battle, Tecumseh gave me the order: 'You go to the left, and I 
will go to the right. But farewell ; you will never see me again.' " 
Socanois was straight, and about feet 3 inches high. He was 
kind and genial, and a great favorite with Mr. Todd's family. He 
had some education, and read newspapers with diflfirnlty. He 
was much interested in the Florida War. and did not conceal his 
sympathy for the Indians. Mr. Todd's post-offirc was at the Fort, 

1835 16 FOX AND LEWIS. 

he traded at Liberty, and did his milling at Smithville. He said 
that squirrels were rareh' seen, but became abundant after the 
country was settled. There were no quails. Paroquets, with 
green and yellow plumage, went in flocks, screaming as they 
passed. Bald eagles were common, and wolyes and owls made 
night hideous. Before remoying to the west of the Falls, Mr, 
Todd had a sugar camp at the mouth of Todd's Creek. 


Billy Fox settled half way between the Falls and Liberty. 
The stage there changed horses. He was a genial and compan- 
ionable host. William Lewis, who liyed with him, was a curiosity. 
He was called ''Laughing Billy" Lewis. His stentorian laugh 
would shake the hills. He would come to town, and, when merry, 
would commence his performance. Eyerything was the subject 
of ridicule. In a few minutes the whole town would be out. He 
proyed the old saying true, that laughing is catching. After his 
loudest and merriest cachinnation, all present would join in 
chorus, until one would think Bedlam had been turned loose. I 
haye heard him tell how he outwitted a steamboat captain. He 
had but one dollar, and had not paid his passage. The captain 
tapped the bell, and Lewis begged him to let him tap it again. He 
did so, and then burst into one of his loudest laughs. The passen- 
gers came forth, and were merry. The captain tried to stop the 
sport, but the passengers enjoyed it. Finally, Lewis offered his 
dollar if he would let him go on tapping the bell. The captain ac- 
cepted it, thinking that Lewis would soon get tired. But he was 
mistaken. He grew more and more hilarious, until the captain 
gaye him back his dollar, and agreed to charge no fare for his 


Possessed all the kindness, hospitality and good nature of the 
typical pioncci-. Xo kindness was eyer asked of him in yain. 
He had nothing too good for a guest. He was true and generous 
to a fault. He ^vas rich in lands and stock; but he could not cope 
with the arts and fiauds of ciyilization. and he left but little for 
liis children. 


T(i(t]< cliiirgc of the Issue House in 18;^.5. It was located on his 
cliiini. He sold goods to the Indians and early settlers. He led 
a l»;i11;iIion to tlic Mcuuion ^^'ar, and for years was a leader in ciyil 
and military alfairs. 


Still liycs on the old Milit:iry Road, three miles from Barry. He 
selected land in IS.''.."), while liying in (May. He often yisited the 
Fort with marketing, from the first year of its location in 1827. 
He w;is born in ^'irgini;i .Tnnuary 0. ISOO. When he was a child 

1836 17 THE TREATY. 

his parents removed to Anderson County, Kentucky. In 1827, 
they came to Clay. In IS.ST, he settled where he yet lives. He 
m'd Angeline Arnold, dr. of Younger Arnold. She died in 1895. 
Their ch: 

I. BENJ. COX, 1. single. 11. Mary, m'd Newt. Grooves. Ch: 
1. Henry. 
in. JAMES M. COX, b. Aug. 18, 1841, served as assistant as- 
sessor seven years, m'd December 17, 1865, Bettie Downs, 
dr. of John Downs of Barry. Ch: 

1. Laura, m'd November 29, 1888, Jos. Conch. 2. Clai). 
3. Pink. 
IV. VIRGINIA COX, m'd Calvin Samuel, live in Kv. 
V. HENRIETTA COX, m'd Stephen B. Williams. Ch: 

1. Alice. 2. Kelsey. 3. Bradley. 4. Annie. 5. Addie. 
VT. MATTIE, m'd Wm Woods, son of Adam. Ch : 

1. Cooper. 2. Jesse. 3. Clifford. 
VII. IRENE, m'd 1st, Wm. Wilhite, d. Ch: 1. Frank. 2. Bertie. 
Irene m'd 2d, Lute Barnes. No ch. 



For the extinguishment of the titles of the lowas and the Sacs 
and Foxes was made at Fort Leavenworth September 17, 1836. 
It consisted of four articles: 

Art. I. The tribes relinquish to the United States their 
rights of every nature, to all the land lying between the State 
line and the Missouri River, for the consideration of |7,500. 

Art. II. The United States assigns to the tribes, as a reserva- 
tion, a strip of about 400 square miles, on the south side of the 
Missouri River, between the Kickapoo northern boundary and 
the Grand Nemaha River. 

Art. HI. The United States are to remove the Indians to 
their reservation, and to build temporary lodges, and to supply 
agricultural implements and stock. 

Art. IV. The treaty is to take effect when ratified by the 

It is signed by William Clark, Superintendent of Indian 
A flFairs ; by White Cloud and eleven lowas, in behalf of the lowas ; 
and by Red Fox and fourteen others, for the Sacs and Foxes. 
Among the witnesses are John Douglierty. Andrew S. Hughes, 
and H. Roubidoux. Jr. The full text of the treaty may be found 
in Gatewood's ''History of Platte,'' page 550. 


Deecmher 6', ISM — In advance of the settlement of the lands. 

Platte County, by an act of the Legislature, was attached to 

Clay for civil and military purposes. The law was to take effect 

on the ratification of the treaty. All the territory between Clay 



and the Missouri Kiver was attached to Clay; and all north of a 
line running to the Missouri from the northwest corner of Clay 
was attached to Clinton County. This left to Platte less than the 
constitutional limit of 400 miles; and hence, on the survey of 
Platte, the north line was extended several miles further north. 



February 15, 1837 — The Indian treaty was ratified, and im- 
mediately the horde of "sooners" gathered in Clay and Clinton 
dashed into the new territory, Jackson, Lafayette, Boone, and 
Howard counties sent contingents, but Virginia, Kentucky, and 
Tennessee sent thousands of their sturdy, intelligent, and enter- 
prising citizens — constituting a population equal morally and 
superior physically to any other people on earth. Choice claims 
were selected, cabins erected, clearings opened, fences built, and 
corn planted. The roads were crowded with emigrants. They 
dashed north until stopped by the Iowa line. They sought the 
lands densely covered with timber of the most superior quality, 
and at once commenced to destroy it. The lovely prairies, ready 
for the plow, were neglected. In the summer of 1839 I first passed 
through the lovely undulating meadows between Barry and the 
Falls, and not a house was found, except that of John Bryant; and 
as late as the fall of 1840 the beautiful prairies between Second 
Creek and Todd's Creek were in Nature's loveliness and without 
a tenant. But the rocky hills along the wooded streams were 
taken up. In 1841 1 built the first house on the open prairie east 
of Todd's Creek. I bought a claim in what was then called the 
AYhite Oak Woods, on Smith's Fork, for rail timber. At that 
time the forest was unbroken — the white oaks were crowded, were 
about twenty inches in diameter, and as straight as southern 
pines. I hauled to the prairie ten thousand rails, and they are 
there now after nearly sixty years. 


There is very little found in the records of Clay in relation to 
Platte. But the county court appointed justices of the peace, as 
follows: William Banta, Jacob Adamson, P. S. Benton, J. R. 
Bonds, ]\Iichael Byrd, Henry Brooks. J. C. Bywaters, And. Camp- 
bell, Daniel Clary, J. B. Collier, Peter Crockett, Jas. Flannery, 
Wm. A. Fox. Jas. Fulkerson, J. W. Gibson, Josiah Higgius, Arch. 
Hill. Jas. H. Hord, Hugh McCaffrey, Matthias Masten, H. D. Oden, 
Robert Patton, J. P.. Rogers, Jacob Smelser, J. P. Smith, John 
Stokes. Robei>t Stone, Jer. H. Spratt, S. B. Thorp. Chns. Wells. 

These justices were farmers, of native intellect, and, with 
scarcely an exception, of unimpeachable integrity. I venture to 
say that we have never since had a board of justices to equal them. 



Zadock iMai'tiii. who for nine yoars had hiid iindisiMitcd sway, 
set up cdaim to all the lauds adjaceut to the Falls. But the de- 
mand for business proi)ei-ty, and the liberal prices ofl'ered for lots, 
induced him to issue permits to build houses on the hill-side, near 
where the African M. E. church now stands. He gave no written 
conveyances. In the fall of IS.'iT there were some .35 houses and 
L'OO inhabitants in the town of Martinsville. I became a citizen of 
Martinsville in 18^9, and I remember the following: Adkins, Jos, ; 
Eonnell, W. D. (carpenter); Branham, C. C, (merchant); Brown, 
Milt.; Burnett Bros, (merchants) ; Cannon, Alex. E. (lawyer); 
Compton & ]\Iorin (merchants); Dorriss, (1. P. (merchant); Faylor 
(hotel); Gibson, Dr. J. W.; Hope & Irwin (saddlers); Johnston, 
Jas. H. (postmaster and merchant); Johnston, Stephen (mer- 
chant); Marshall, Dr. F.; ]Martin, Z. and family; Martin, Ander- 
son; Mulligan, John and Joe (saloon); Ow^en. Riley (deputy 
sheriff); Paxton, Wm. M. (lawyer); Samuel, O. W. (merchant); 
Sherwood, A. B. ; Spratt, W. H. (saloon) ; Thomas. Jas. S. (lawyer). 

Martinsville was a busy little town, but drinking and gam- 
bling were the chief employments. 


In 18.37 Martin and his sons built a substantial dam, a few 
yards above the falls, tore up the large flat rocks on the west side 
of the river, and constructed a mill with one turbine water-wheel. 
A pair of good stones were cut from "lost rock," found on the east 
of Platte, three miles northeast of Platte City. On these stones 
only corn was ground. But in the spring of 18.38 a larger building 
was constructed, a i)air of French buhr millstones were brought 
up the Missouri, bolts were put in, and a good article of flour was 
made. It w^as a better mill than that of Yankee Smith at Suiith- 
ville; and the abundant water-power never failed. Running 
night and day, accommodation was afforded not only to Platte, 
but to numbers from Clay, Clinton, and Buchanan. Wagons 
from a distance would remain for a week, to secure their turns. 
Some brought provisions for man and team ; but parched corn was 
the staple. Some two to three hundred hogs were fed. In 1838 
a saw-mill was added, and thenceforth good farm-houses were 

Zadock Martin had little use for horses. His hauling and 
]dowing were done by oxen. His teams seldom got an ear of 
corn. They worked by day and grazed on native grasses and 
rushes by night. His cattle were of primitive breeds. Among 
Ihem was a buffalo steer. He had caught it when a calf, and 
reared it with his cattle. His hogs were of the "wind-splitter" 
breed. Their fat yielded oil, and not lard. 

Game was never so abundant on the east of the Missouri as 
on the west. Buffalo and antelope were unknown; and the elk 

1837 20 SNAKES. 

was seldom seen. Until cereals were cultivated b}^ man, no 
quails, and but few squirrels, turkeys, and prairie-fowl, were 
seen. Babbits at an early day were scarce, because the wolves 
destroyed tliem. Bears were seldom seen. I never saw a wild 
bear, and have no personal evidence that there was a wild bear in 
Platte. Wolves seldom raised their young on this side of the 
Missouri. They came over in vast numbers whenever the Mis- 
souri was frozen. They lived on rabbits. They did little harm; 
but their dismal howling made the night hideous. Though their 
presence was unknown to the sleeping family, the morning dis- 
closed their tracks at their very door. Gophers cast up fheir 
little hills in all the wet prairies. Deer had been abundant; but, 
after the country was settled, they were seldom seen. In the 
prairies west of the Clay line there were what were called "deer- 
licks." They were bare places in the prairie, visited by deer to 
lick the soil for salt. The hunter erected three poles, twepty feet 
high, and on the top laid a platform. Here the huntsman lay 
awaiting his victim, and assassinated the unwary animal. But 
the invasion of man was followed by the exodus of the deer. In 
winter the prairie-fowl were too abundant, and did damage to 
the standing corn. An occasional prairie-hen remained over 
summer and reared her young. I have found their nests. Otters, 
minks, beavers, and musk-rats were found in the Platte and are 
not yet extinct. Paroquets were here still in 1830. A beautiful 
flock made their home at the Falls. They were not disturbed, but 
in circles they flew, like pigeons, screaming in their course. 


The rattlesnake was found in timber and prairie. Cattle 
and horses sometimes suffered from their bites; but I have never 
known a man fatally poisoned by them. Blacksnakes were more 
domestic. Pardon me if I relate 


In October, 1839, I bought the claim owned now by Jesse 
Collins, one mile southwest of Martinsville, and. to secure a pre- 
emption, made the cabin thereon nn' home. The cabin was of 
round logs, pointed on the outside with mud, and the cracks 
covered within with clapboards. ^Nfy bed was four poles on tres- 
sels, covered with hazel brush. This I placed against the wall, 
blew out my candle, and went to bed. But I could not sleep, be- 
cause of a noise of something rubbing behind the clapboards at 
my side. Expecting to dislodge rats, I re-lit my candle, and, with 
a ])ole. prized off a boai'd. Two lai'ge blacksnakes. wrapped in 
fjoso enibi'ace, fell info my bed. These I dispatched with the 
polo, rruslif'd their heads, and cast (uit of the cabin. T then pro- 
vidf'd mysf'lf with an axe., and ])rized off another board. Two 
otlKT largo blnr-ksnak-es fell, whirh T cut in pieces, and cast out. 
I then removed my cot itito the middle of the puncheon floor, and 
slept until morning. But the two snakes whose heads I had 

1837 - 21 FISH, 

crushed were goiu', wliik* those I cut up reniaiued. 1 lived in 
this cabin three months, and secur<'d u\y land by preemption. 

As in most new countries, fish were abundant. The creeks 
were stocked with perch and catfish; and, with these, buffalo, 
bass, and campbellites were found in the lakes and larger 
streams. The Falls of IMatte was a favorite resort for fishermen 
from abroad. I have sonietiuies seen, at one time, a hundred per- 
sons fishing at the Falls. At the spawning season vast (juantities 
of large catfish, unable to pass the falls, would gather in the 
rapids below. In the riffles I have seen the tails and fins of 
large fish so close and numerous that a spear cast in would often 
bring a fish to the shore. Venturesome watermen would go under 
the dam with a grab-hook, and harpoon large fish lying in the 
crevices of the rocks. As buffalo and catfish were coming down 
the river, great numbers were caught in the trap set at the foot of 
the falls. The water-wheels of the mill were sometimes stopped 
by them. But from year to year they became less. Bean's Lake 
and other lakes of the county still supply quantities of buffalo 
fish. Traps and seines are prohibited. 


The first homes of the settlers were rude huts constructed of 
round logs, daubed with mud, floored with puncheons, and cov- 
ered with clapboards held down by weight-poles. The chimney 
was of logs to the arch, and then of laths filled in with mud. The 
door was of clapboards, and the latch-string, night and day, hung 
outward; for the pioneer is both fearless and hospitable. But, as 
soon as lumber could be procured, these cabins wer(^ succeeded by 
warm hewed-log houses, with i>lank floors and stone chimneys. 
Stoves came in later. 


Prairies were neglected, but farms were opened in the 
timber with much labor. All trees under a foot in diameter were 
felled, and cut into lengths of ten feet, for rails. The brush was 
piled, and the large trees were girdled. For these services |5 per 
acre was the usual price. As the trees decayed and fell, they were 
dragged together and burned. Log-rollings were connuon. The 
rule was. You help me and I will help you. A jug of whisky and 
a general notice of the day brought together a merry crowd. Tlie 
larger piles of logs were covered with rock, to be burned into 


Blacksmiths used charcoal, made froin burning large j»iles of 
timber covered with dirt. I made u)any of Ihem, for one of my 
servants was a blacksmith, ^fany a bar-share and Tary plow 
he made. The moldboai'd was made fiom a Iwisliuu' oak. which 

1837 22 SOCIETY. 

always, like the bean-vine, follows the sun in twisting. An im- 
proTement on the bar-share was the Gary plow, and the next 
advance was the Diamond plow, A story was told on an old 
farmer, who had always used the bar-share. A friend prevailed 
on him to try the Diamond plow. After a day's work, he re- 
turned the plow, saying: "It won't last a week; for it has already 
turned as bright as a dollar." The top of a bushy tree was the 
ordinary harrow, and wheat was cut with the sickle or the cradle. 
Oxen were used for all kinds of farm-work. Wagons were made 
by the carpenter, and ironed by the blacksmith. 


The settlers had come from all States and countries. Each 
brought the arts, skill, and acquirements of his old home. 
Society, as a whole, has never been better. Every trade and 
profession was represented. Each one contributed something 
to the general fund of knowledge. Society was not divided into 
classes and circles. Each w^as esteemed according to his merit. 
Xo one was arrogant from wealth, and none cast out from poverty. 
Family distinctions were unknown. People were genial and 
social. All were on a level. 


Hardshell Baptists were the leading denomination. Their 
log churches, built in the form of a cross, were found in every 
settlement. They were an excellent people, but their ministers 
were not educated, and were seldom paid. The Missionary Bap- 
tists, Cumberland Presbyterians, Methodists, and Disciples 
divided the people. They preached in the log school-houses and 
in camp-grounds. No churches were built for ten years after the 
county was settled. 


In the fall of 1837 the State ^lilitia was organized in the 
county. S. L. Leonard was appointed major-general, and Wm. B. 
Almond brigadier-general. The 77th Eegiment was commanded 
by Col. Fielding Burnes; H. L. Wilkerson was major, and Lewis 
Burnes adjutant; Jas. Bradley was drum major, and John A. 
\Vhite. D. D. Burnes, and others were captains. The 78th Regi- 
ment was commanded by Colonel H. D. Oden, with John Mulligan 
;is lieutenant-colonel, and John Boulware, Jas. Lilliard, and 
others as r-nptniTis. Drilling, musters, and reviews were grand 


Prior to 1837, and for five or six years after the opening of 
Platte. Clay County furnished the su]>7»lies for the Fort. Thos. 
rWtrdon was the largest contractor for corn, bacon, and beeves. 
When the Mexican War commenced, there was great demand for 

1837 23 TOWNS. 

horses, mules, oxen, and wagons. Business upon the plains built 
up IMatte County in wealth. 

I have already lefeiied to Martinsville. No reliable titles to 
land could be procured until March, 184;i, when the Plattsburg 
Land Office was opened. Yet towns grew up at Weston, Park- 
ville, latan, New Market, Kidgely, and other places. The Mis- 
souri strikes the bluff at but three places in Platte, and each has a 
town or two — latan, Weston, and Parkville, with liialto and 
Winston. The law to grant towns a preemption, and to authorize 
sale of lots, was not passed until 184;>. No good improvements 
were made until after the land sales. But there was a Federal 
law granting to counties a preemption of 160 acres for county 
seats. Under this law, Platte City was the first town in the 
county where good titles could be obtained. 


In 1887 Joseph Moore took up the claim upon which Weston 
is situated. Several streets were laid off and some locations sold. 
But Moore possessed no business qualifications, and the town did 
not prosper. In 1838 Gen. Bela M. Hughes, the only child of Gen- 
eral Andrew S. Hughes, already mentioned, purchased a half 
interest in the claim. The new firm laid off what is known as the 
city i>roper, and commenced selling lots. At that time, there 
were only two families in the town. General Hughes yet lives in 
Denver, burdened with age and honors, but he was then only 21 
years old. He took control in the winter of 1838-9, and sold 
many lots. The purchasers took the risk of getting the fee-simple 
title. Some lots were given away, to secure good and enterpris- 
ing settlers. The first store was established by Thornburg & 
Lucas. It stood on Warner's corner. I was in Weston, July l-t 
to 20, 1839. It was a busy, bustling town of three hundred peo- 
ple. Ben Wood was a saddler. Ben Hoi la day kept a saloon. I 
had my first case in Missouri. A man was taken up for stealing a 
saddle, and was tried for the felony by a justice. A jury was 
summoned and instructed. If found guilty, he was to go to the 
penitentiary. I let the jury try him, intending, in case he were 
found guilty, to move to set the verdict aside. But the jury 
cleared him, and I got my fee. I remember meeting John B. 
Wells, Smith Calvert, Ben Holladay, General Hughes, William 
and D. P. Willingford, Dr. Sam'l McAdow, and ]\[ilton Byrum. 
I attended the sale at Nelson P. Owens' place, where the brick 
house of the late Lewis Pence stands. But among the new-comers 
some roughs and desperadoes, who "jumped" lots and defied 
all authority. The town was on public land, but we had a State 
law — "forcible entry and detainer" — that was used to put tres- 
passers off of claims. Right or wrong, the settlers interpreted the 
law to suit their purposes, and "jumpers" had to beware. Gen- 
eral Hughes was equal to the emergency, and the lot-jumpers 

1838 24 PRE-EMPTION. 

had to be quiet or leave. Weston, under General Hughes" whole- 
some management, became a safe and prosperous town. A man 
named Ferguson made a deadly attack upon Hughes with a 
knife, but the latter eluded the stroke and with his fist felled the 
assassin. Ferguson, when well, thought it prudent to enlist in 
the army. James Moore, a brother of Joseph, had to be brought 
to terms, and a man named Durbin was ordered to leave. Other 
jumpers were chastized until peace and prosperity reigned. 
Though the town site was not entered under the Federal law until 
1844, nor the plat filed until September 19, 1844, yet in the mean- 
time the town grew in numbers and in the enterprise of its 
inhabitants. After the plat was filed and the town chartered, 
The board of trustees gave deeds for lots at nominal prices. 
There were no public sales of lots. Except Platte City and 
^Yeston, no towns succeeded until after the land sales. 

^[arch 27, 1837— Geo. W. Smith and Sallie Gentry were mar- 
ried. This is the first entrv of a marriage in Platte in the records 
of Clay. 

Juh/ 20, 1837 — Ben Jacks born. He is supposed to have been 
the first child born in Platte. R. X. Harrington, late of the 
Dearborn Democrat, was born Jnly 24, 18.37. 

The season of 1838 was propitious. The most interesting 
event was the passage of a general preemption law. granting 
160 acres, each, to settlers. This law gave preemptions to all who 
were then, at the passage of the law, actual settlers on public 
lands. A sale or abandonment of the claim worked a forfeiture. 
Rut in 1841 the present prospective preemption law was passed, 
and such as bought claims and took possession at once acquired 
title which he could enforce at law. The law of 1838 quieted 
titles, improvements progressed, population increased, churches 
were organized, school-houses built, orchards planted, and pros- 
perity ruled. 


April 7 — A Methodist church was organized in the vicinity of 
Weston. The original members were: Wm. Adkinson. Joel Al- 
bright. Wm. Bailey, Henry Barker, Wm. Clay, Thos. Edwards, 
Thos. Farmer, Phil! S. Gill, Jesse Green, B. Holland, H. Hopeland, 
Tlicis. Kcnion. Fi*ank Xewman, C C. Nichols, and Wm. Toole. 


Aiifl. 'i — The comity court of Clay, having divided Platte into 
townships. a]>i»ointT'd justices and constables, and designated 
]»laces for voting, the regular election was held. The county was 
then, as now, tlioi-onglily Democratic, and the officers elected were 
of tlie same political faith. Xo county officer was elected, as the 
appointments made were until the general election of 1840. 
Platte was regarded as part of Clay. The State senators elected 


were: Judge Jas. T. V. Tliomijson, of ('lay, and Cornelius Gil- 
liam, of the attached part of Clinton. The representatives were: 
D. R. Atchison and Jas. M. Hughes, of Clay, and Jesse Morin, of 
I'latte. T. AV. Boggs was chosen governor. 


Xor. 19 — The Legislature convened at Jefferson City. 



J)cc. 31 — The act to organize Tlatte and Ijuchauau counties 
approved. The north line of Tlatte was to be run west from the 
old boundary of the State, so as to embrace 400 square miles; and 
to this end the governor was Ui appoint a surveyor. He was also 
to appoint three county justices and a sheriff. 

The county court was to meet the second Monday in March, 

1839, and was authorized to appoint a county clerk, a treasurer, 
and an assessor. 

The county was attached to the First Judicial Circuit (Judge 
A. A. King), and to the Twelfth Senatorial District. 

Circuit courts were to meet the first Mondays in April, Au- 
gust, and December, and the judge to appoint a circuit clerk. 

The Falls of Platte was to be the temporary seat of justice, 
and S. D. Lucas, of Jackson, John H. Morehead, of Ray, and 
Sani'l Hadley, of Clay, were appointed commissioners to select a 
permanent seat of justice. 

One representative was granted to Platte. 


In the fall of 1838 Governor Boggs called for a contingent 
from Clay and Platte to aid in suppressing the Mormons of 
Caldwell County. Three companies were raised in Platte, by 
Major John Boulware. They hastened to the scene of war, but 
order had been restored, and the battalion returned, and were 



The governor appointed Matthew M. Hughes as surveyor, to 
run the line between IMatIc and Buchanan, so as to include 400 
square miles. Mr. Hughes, assisted by James Brasfield. repaired 
to the southeast corner of the ])roposed county, and meandered 
the east bank of the Missouri River to a point at which a line run- 
ning east to the Clinton Cotinty line would include exactly 400 
square miles. Nt islands of the ^Missouri were embraced in this 
survey; nor did Ajiplegate, in his subsequent survey, include any 
island. When the county was sectioni/.ed by Applegate, in 1840, 


it proved to be 412 square miles. Applegate's lines run about one 
half degree east of north, and north of west, as compared with the 
surveys of the east and the north lines of the county. There is 
no copy of Hughes' survey found in Platte. I presume the orig- 
inal field-notes are at Jefferson City. 



Governor Boggs appointed Jones H. Owen sheriff of Platte 
County, and Michael Byrd, John B, Collier,^ and Michael M'Caf 
ferty county court justices. As appointed by statute, the first 
session of the county court was held at the Falls of Platte, on the 
11th day of March, 1839. The tavern house of Michael D. Faylor 
was used as a court-house. After organizing, the court appointed 
Hall L. Wilkerson county clerk, 'Hamilton Linnville assessor, 
and Ira Norris treasurer. The assessor gave bond for |300, and 
the treasurer for |5,000. 


March ii— Isaac McEllis is granted ferry license at Kickapoo, 

Jeremiah H. Spratt is appointed administrator of John Hens- 
ley. Bond, 11,800. 


Court accepts the names and lines of the six municipal toivn- 
ships laid off by the county court of Clay, and appoints allotting 
justices as follows: 1, Peter Crockett for Preston Township; 2, 
Matthias Masten for Carroll Township; 3,W.M.Kincaid for Green 
Township ; l, Robert Patton for Lee Township ; 5, Sam'l T. Mason 
for Marshall Township; and 6, James Hurd for Pettis Township. 
Weston Township was not laid off until 1840. 

George P. Dorriss was the first to take out a merchant's 

Dram-shop license was issued to Jonathan and Nich. Owens, 
on payment of |5 to the State and f 1 to the county. 

Ed WiJcox was appointed constable for Carroll Township, 
but could not give bond. 

March 21 — John A. Ewell m'd Eliza Houshell. This is the 
first record of a marriage found on the books of Platte County. 


March 23 — Judge Austin A, King commenced his first term of 
circuit court for Platte, at the log tavern of M. D. Faylor in ''The 
Falls of Platte." His first act was to appoint Jesse Morin circuit 
clerk. Sheriff Jones H, Owen returned the following Grand Jiiri/: 

I, James Beagle; 2, Isaac Blanton; 3, James Brown; 4, John 
Brown; 5, Sam'l A. Brown; 6, Robert Cain; 7, Patrick Cooper; 
S. Daniel Dearborn; 9, Jas. Flannery; 10, Isaac Glasscock; 

II. Jesse Lewis (foreman); 12, John McCarty; 13, Wm. McClain; 
14. John S. Malott; l.'j, Henry Matheny; 10, Peyton Murphy; 


17, Isaac Norman; 18, Sol Tetherow; 19, Jos. Todd, Sr.; 20, Joshua 

The following attorneys were enrolled: 1, W. B. Almond; 
2, D. R. Atchison; ?>, Peter H. Burnett; 4, Alex. E. Cannon; 
5, A. W. Doniphan; 6, John A. Gordon; 7, Russell Hicks; 8, And. 
S. Hughes; 9, Amos Rees; 10, J. S. Thomas; 11, T. D. Wheaton; 
and 12, Wm. T. Wood (circuit attorney). 

The Grand Jury found indictments for gaming against: 1, John 
Baldon; 2, S. A. Brown; 3, G. P. Dorriss; 4, John Green; 5, John 
Larkin; 6, H. D. Martin; 7, IraNorris; 8, J. II. S])ratt, and others. 
John Ferguson and A. W. Hughes were indicted for keeping 

March 26 — John B. Wells appointed administrator of Horeb 
Wells; bond, fl.OOO. Horeb Wells left a widow, Rachel, and an 
only child, Fannie A. Wells. 


April 3 — County court I'aised the fee for county, for dram-shop 
license, from |1 up to |5. The State fee had been fixed at |o, uifik- 
ing the full fee 


May 6 — M, M. Hughes files his report of survey of Platte, and 
the county court refers it to S. T, Leonard and James Brasfleld, 
who approve the same, and recommend the payment of the sur- 
veyor's bill, $102. 

Petition filed for a road from English's Landing (Parkville) 
to the Falls of Platte. 

The county court pays |100 towards the cost (|280) of the 
bridge over Bee Creek, near its present mouth. The remaining 
$180 was paid hy the United States Government. 

3Ioy 7 — Geo. P. Dorriss is allowed |20 for a county seal. 

Mai/ 11 — The county court orders an election of justices and 
constables to be held June 22d. 

Ben Holladay is granted dram-shop license at Weston. 

Wm. Hague is granted ferry license at Fort Leavenworth. 



June -J — Lisbon Applegate commenced his work of sectioniz- 
ing the county. He started at the old State line, between town- 
ships 50 and 51. The work was finished in June. 1840. A certified 
copy of his field-notes, originally in two volumes of 1,100 pages 
each, is in the custody of the county surveyor, and is the "Domes- 
day Book" of Platte. Surveyor Applegate was experienced in his 
calling, and no errors have been detected in his work. He died, 
greatly honored and loved, in Chariton County. ^NTo.. in Janu- 
arv, 1875. 



June 10 — Major James Braslield died at his home on Todd's 
Creek. His widow, Jane, and bis oldest sou, Thos, W, K., were 
appointed, aS^ovember 9, administrators, with the will annexed. 
The father of deceased was Wylie Roy Braslield, of English line- 
age, born in Virginia April 19, 1766; removed to Kentucky, and 
m'd Elizabeth Berr}', daughter of Thomas. She was b. November 
4, 1771, and d. October 21, 1837. Tlieir son, 


Was b. in Clark Co., Ky., September 25, 1790, and d. in Platte. 
June 10, 1839. He was a major in the War of 1812 — lost an eye 
in the service, drew a pension to the day of his death, m'd, June 
6, 1816, Jane Lafferty, b. February 5, 1799, d. January 15, 1880. 
She was a dr. of Thos. Lafferty, of Scotch parentage, b. January 
14, 1771, d. Julv 25, 1828, and his wife, Eleanor Strode, b. in Vir- 
ginia, February 16, 1783, and d. April 17, 1868. 

Maj. James Braslield received a finished education, read 

extensively, and was a chaste writer of both prose and poetry. 

He was sheriff of Clark County, Kentucky, for eight years, and a 

practical surveyor of large experience. He came with his family 

to Clinton Co., Mo., in 1834, and removed thence to Platte, in the 

spring of 1838. He was the surveyor who, under Commissioner 

M. M. Hughes, fixed the northern line of Platte County. Ch: 


Sept. 6, 1817; d. in Platte Nov. 8, 1873. He was tall and 

handsome, and highly esteemed for intelligence, honor, and 

integrity. He m'd Elizabeth Breckinridge, b. 1829 ; d. May 

15, 1883. She was a dr. of Len. Breckinridge, of Clay. Ch: 

1. James Brasfield, went to Oregon, m'd a Miss Smith, 

and has reared a family. 

2. John C. Brasfield, b. 184l' a Knight and an Odd Fel- 

low, m'd, Dec. 22, 1864, Minerva (Minnie) Thatcher, 
dr. of Daniel. She was b. Sept. 22, 1848, d. at Lib- 
ertv. Mo., March 19, 1891, and buried at Smithville. 
Ch: [o] James W. Brasfield; [''l John S.; p] Morton 
(Dock); and \<i] Eleanor (Nellie). Mr. J. C. Bras- 
field is now a merchant of Smithville. He m'd 2d, 
Dec. 25, 1895. ^Nfollie E. Duncan, dr. of Theo. 

3. Sallir lirasfirld m'd Dr. C. H. ^Morton. He d. at Smith- 

ville Nov. 6. 1885. and was buried at the Brasfield 
Cemetery, iu Platte. Ch: \'^'] Loar Morton, m'd 
Sidney Williams; [''] John S., m'd INfiss Rollins. 

4. Hohcrt iira.^firhl b. 1846; d, Aug. 23, 1882. 

5. Kllrn liraftfirhJ. m'd 1st, Frank Brooks; m'd 2d. 

Snmmerville. Live in Oregon. 
<i. W'l/lir /.'. Braafirhl. m'd 1st. December 19, 1872. Elwilda 
TV' Berry, dr. of John L. Ch: ["] Ernest; |"''] Lon. 
He m'd 2d. Floi-ence Htird. No ch. 


7. PoUi/ Ann liriisfidiU b. Aj.iil IK, isr)(); iii'd .Inly L\ ls(i7. 

Montgomery 1'. lialslcy, b. in IJooiic (,'o., Ky., Nov. 
27. 1830. He lives in IMatte, on [)art of the old JJras- 
field homestead, near South-Gale, and is a much 
respected gentleman. Ch: [«] George Balsley, 
b. March :U, 1808. [^] Adelia, b. July 2, 1870. 
[qEva, b. July 27. 1872. Mr. Balsley moved from 
Ky. to St. Joe in 1858; and, after visiting Colorado 
and Idaho, settled in Platte in 1807. Tie possesses 
large experience, and is genial and comj)anionable. 

8. Thomas TT. /?. Rrofifiekl (ii). single, lives in Oregon. 

II. FOLLY ANN BRASFIELI). b. April 2;i. 1820; niM Elijah 
Fry, a worthy farmer of Clinton. Ch: 

1. Mary C. Fry, m'd John Reed, who will be noticed. 


2. America, m'd Thos. H. Clay, a cultivated gentleman 

and farmer, living near Edgerton. Ch: [«] Geo. 
Clay, d. Dec. 0, 180(;. [&] Ida M. and ['] :\raggie, wives 
of Stephen Johnston. (See.) 

.3. James, m'd a dr. of Ben Lampton. 

5. Alice, m'd McPhelridge. 0. Manor, single. 
HL WILLIAM A. BRASFIELI), b. Mav 28, 1822; d. in the mines 

of Cal., January 20, 18.50. 
IV. JOHN STRODE BRASFIELD, b. in Clark Co., Ky., April 5, 
1825. Came with his ])arents, in 18.34, to Clinton County, 
Mo.; and thence to Platte, in the spring of 1838, settling 
in the "Great Bear Rough" on Todd's Creek. I will give 
an account of his early life in his own words: 

''We settled in what was known as the "Great Bear 
Rough." We caught four cubs. I worked on the farm; 
])aid off father's security debts; had to walk three miles 
to school. A sow was given me; raised a litter of pigs; 
sold 1,200 ]K)unds of pork for .fl2; bought a fiddle with .$4: 
borrowed .f2 from our old servant, Aleck, and bought four 
calves for .flO; broke them, and had two yoke of oxen. In 
1842, went to Santa F^; was hunter and cook for the party; 
was once near being captured by the Comanches; returned 
with a pack-mule and .f55; became a clerk in a store at .f25 
per month. In the spring of 1840 went to California with 
brother William, John G. Haydon, Wm. Davenport, and 
R. P. Wood. In Humboldt Desert we were lost ; R. P. Wood 
became crazy for a time; Davenport dashed forward, and 
returned with water; wintered at Hang-town; went to 
Sacramento; was offered |350 per month to clerk, but 
declined it. Potatoes sold at .fl per pound, and eggs at 
•fl each; the proceeds of my 1.200 pounds of pork would 
have bought a dozen eggs; our teams came through in good 
order. I engaged in mining, and made $1,500; went into 
the mercantile business with L. J. Wood and J. M. Clav as 


my partners; went to San Francisco, and returned with a 
stock of goods; sold them at great profit. My brother 
William died; and, in discouragement, I came home," 

December 11, 1851, Mr. Brasfield m'd his relative, Kate 
Brasfleld, dr. of Claiborn. She was b. in Woodford Co., 
Ky., October 15, 1826; d. March 30, 1890. Several children 
were born to them, but died in infancy. He m'd 2d, Sept. 
1, 1894, Kate Briggs, of Kansas. 

In 1870, Mr. Brasfield was elected a judge of the county 
court of Platte, and served three years. He is an enthu- 
siastic Mason, and has attained the highest honors of the 
order. His genial, generous, and hospitable nature has 
made him a general favorite. His first wife was a beau- 
tiful and lovely woman, and possessed a remarkably sweet 
disposition. The Judge is wealthy, and, with his young 
and accomplished wife, lives on his farm adjacent to Tracy. 
V. ELIZABETH WILLIS BRASFIELD, the youngest child of 
Major Brasfield, was born June 3, 1831; m'd January 18, 
1849. Judge Jas, G, Spratt, who came from Smith County, 
Virginia, in 1842. August 7, 1843, he was appointed a jus 
tice of the peace of Carroll Township; was deputy county 
clerk in 1852; read law privately; was elected probate 
judge in 1858, over Jas. Kuykendall, the late incumbent. 
Mrs. Spratt was an intelligent and amiable lady. She 
died May 9, 1861, In September, 1864, Judge Spratt went 
to Virginia City, and, while practicing law. engaged in 
speculation in mining stock. He died N6v. 13, 1881. His 
remains were brought back to Platte, and found rest be- 
side his wife. In the practice of law, he was partner of 
Hon. Joseph E. Merryman, in Platte City. He was a good 
lawyer, and was an honorable man. Ch: 

].' John W. Slprntt, b. Dec. 29, 1849; m'd October 4, 1875, 

'Mary A. Thatcher. After her death he m'd 

Duncan. No ch. 
2. Efh/o)' Spratt. b. Aug. 30. 1855; d. Aug. 11, 1882; m'd, OQ, 1877, Salena fSibbie) Thatcher, b. April 27, 
1 860 ; d. April 8, 1882. He was a merchant of Sraith- 
ville. The deaths of husband and wife within four 
(lays of each other, of typhoid fever, created much 
alarm. Both were buried in the Brasfield Cemetery. 
June 22 — The election of jusliros of the peace for the town- 
shijts resulted as follows: 

1. For Preston Township: 1. Win. Bauta; 2, Peter Crock- 
ett: 3, Arch Hill; 4, H. D. Oden. 

2. For Cnrroll Township: L Dan'l Clary; 2, Jas. Flannery; 
3. J. W. Cribson; 4, Matthias :>Listen. 

.3. For Pettis Township: L AnflicAv Campbell; 2, W. A. 
Fox; 3, Robt. Stone; 4, S. B. Thorp. 

1839, JUNE. 31 JUSTICES. 

4. For Green Towuship: 1, Jac. Adamson; 2, Henrj 
Brooks; 3, J. C. Bywaters; 4, J, M. Fiilkorson. 

5. For Lee Towuship: 1, Kobt. Logan; 2, Robt. Patton; 
:*,, J. H. Spratt; 4, Chas. Wells. 

6. For Marsliall Township: 1, -lohn B. Bounds; 2, Milton 
Byram; 3, Thos, Lovelndy; 4, .lohn P. Smith. 

A constable for each township was also elected, and the busi- 
ness demanded their whole attention. 

The county court apjtointed Bobt. Patton public adminis- 
trator for Platte County. 


July 3 — Zadock Martin is granted ferry license at the foot of 
the Falls of Platte. 

Juli/ 15 — Judge King held his first term of the Buchanan Cir- 
cuit Court at Roubidoux. 

July 17 — The first deed filed for record in the recorder's office 
for Platte County. Tt is from Church to Hughes, for a lot in 
Weston. Deeds were seldom made, as no title passed. A pre- 
emption right could not be assigned, but it might be leased. 
Hence many leases for 99 years are found of record. 

This month I arrived in Platte. I landed from a steam- 
boat, with several companions, at Lexington. We purchased 
horses, and rode through Lafayette and Jackson counties to 
AYestport — then three houses in the woods. Thence we went to 
Liberty, crossing at Fort Osage. After passing through Barry 
and Martinsville, we reached Weston, by way of the low^er Bee 
Creek bridge. Between the bridge and Weston, on what was 
then the Military Reserve, the ruins of a number of cabins, whence 
trespassers had been driven by the soldiers, were still smoking. 

Judge King held his second term of circuit court at the 
tavern of M. D. Faylor in Martinsville. 


Aiiff. 7 — The county court appointed for Carroll Township the 
following patrol: 1, Milton Brown; 2, David Carson; 3, A. B. 
Sherwood; and 4, W. H. Spratt. 


The county court appoints Hiram Stephenson administrator 
of John Duncan. His widow is named Elizabeth, and his ch: 
1, Williamson Duncan; 2, Adeline; 3, Tilford; 4. Nelson; 5, Davis; 
(5, Susan Stephenson; 7, Martha Duncan; 8, Sam'l; 9, Mnrj. 


Sept. 2 — Sol. L. Leonard is ai)pointed county surveyor. 
Jones H. Owen gives bond of |.5.000 as collector. 
Slept. 3 — Adam Crook is ap]>ointed administrntor of William 

1839, SEP. 32 . A FREE BI^ACK. 


Sept. 'i — In a liahcas eorpiis cmsc before the ((tmil v coiul (he 
followinj;^ order is of record : 

"Uu inolioii, the court resumes the exauiiimtiou of the case 
of ITeni-y Deal. Whereupon, it is consith'red b,v the court that 
said Deal is not a runaway slave, as was allejijed, but the said 
Deal not estal)lishin<jj a rijiht to I'cside in this State, as the law 
requires, it is therefore ordeicd by the coui't. that he be fined 
$20; and that he be hired out by the sheriff, as the law directs, 
for such time as shall be suflicient to raise from the hire the sum 
aforesaid, topjether with the costs and expenses of imprisonment. 
And it is further ordered, that the said Deal shall depart this 
State, within thi-ee days after such time of service expires, 
allowinfj- one day for m^ery twenty miles lie shall n^cessaI'ily have 
to travel to ^et out of the State. 

Sept. 7 — One bundled (h>lliirs is allowed TTan-ison Linville for 
assessinj]^ the county, (uie-half to be jiaid by the State. 

( )( TOBER. 

Oct. 7 — Preston Dunlap is appointed juliuinistrator of Alex. 
Rouston. Bond, |:{,0l)(). Ch: 1, Kobert F. Houston; 2. Marv F.; 
:^. Viro-iuia .\.; 4. William P.; H, ,las. A. 



Nov. 10 — The county court ordered notices to be served on I he 
(•(Miimissioners ai>pointed by the Le<;islature, to meet at the Falls 
of ri;itte, and select a site for the county seat of Platte. On the 
\~^\\\ Ilndley and Lucas appeared, but Morehead made default. 
The report made is as follows: 

''Martinsville, November IG, 1S:V.1. 
''T'o the Hon. Circvit Court of the Coutity of Platte, State of 

Misson ri : 

"The undei'sifxned commissioners, appointed by the Lejjisla- 
ture of the State of ^Missouri, on the lUst of December, 18:>S. to 
select a seat of justice for the county of Plalte, bef; leave to 
report: Tliat in obedience to an order of the tribunal transact- 
ing county business for such county, they convened at Martins- 
ville, in said county, on the IHth inst. and entered upon their 
duties as commissioners aforesaid, and that they have selected a 
portion of Sections 25 and Hfi, Townshi]* ^^. Banjxe r{5, near the 
Falls of Plntte River, in said county, as an elip;ible and suitable 
site for the seat of justice of said Platte County. For further 
particulars, etc.. we respectfully i-efer you to the bon(] of Zadoclc 
Martin, herewith enclosed. 

"So nine] HtKlh'ji. 
'^David 0. Lueofi. 



1 liuve l)t'».-ii luialil"- III liml the bond of Zadock Martin, 
rf-turncd with tlu* leporl. lie wa^s desiioiiH of securinj^ the water- 
power at the Falls of IMatte Kiver, and set up a pretended Spanish 
''float," which he said had been located on all the lands contiguous 
to the falls. The falls are on the S. W. i of Sec. 25, T. 53, R. 35. 
The county was to take so much of this quarter as lay east of 
Platte River. I'.nt this fraction was less than 100 acres, which 
the Federal law allowed counties to j)reenipt. The bond of 
.Martin was an aji^reenient to convey to the county 24 acres from 
the X. W. J of Sec. 30. T. 53. R. .35, upon which he held a pre- 
cniption. On this 24 acres, wliich Martin conveyed, the first addi- 
tion to Platte City was located. 

The question of the projiriety of this contract with Martin 
\v;is by the county court referred to Judge King. In a letter from 
•Tiidge King now on file, and dated December 3, 1839, the cotinty 
court is advised to approve the contract. On the 4th of Decembei 
the cotirt af»[)roved the location, and named the county seat 
Platte City. 


Nov. 2o — The third term of circuit «oui'L was he]<i b^ Judge 
King at Faylor's hotel. His next term was for Buchanan, and this 
I attended. I went up to Roubidoux the evening before court. 
His house was perched on the hill-side. It was of logs on a stone 
basement. I was shown to my bed on a plank frame in the base- 
ment, and was given two blankets. I si)read one blanket on the 
boards, and covered with the other. It was a cold, blustery night. 
and I nearly froze. In the morning, before day, I heard Roubi 
doux stirring in the room overhead, and I went up the rude lad- 
der. He asked me in liis broken English. French, and Indian 
how T had passed the night. I told him I had suffered from the 
fold. "What:" said he. "cold with two blankets?" I explained 
how I had used the Tilankets. He replied with contempt: "Yon 
haven't got even Indinn sense, or you would have wrapped ui- 
in them." 

The old man had built a roaring fire, and two prairie-chickens 
and a half-dozen ears of old corn on the cob were boiling in the 
jiot. I made a hearty breakfast on these viands. Before court 
met. I took a survey of the future site of St. Joseph. I saw but 
two houses: that where I had spent the night and the store above 
the mouth of the creek. The Bl;Kksn;ik»' Hills were romantic. 
They seemed to be com7)Osed of red crnmlding earth, with here 
find there a tuft of grass. From the sides of tlie hills, at intervals, 
broke out oozing S7)rings of fuire water, which gnthered into a 
hold stream that cotirsed the prairie bottom to the river. In 
the rear of the house, on the hill-side, stood four or five scaffolds. 
sup7)orted by poles. On these scaffolds lay the bones of Roubi - 
doux's children. His wives were Tndinns. and lie buried his dead 
in Indian fashion. 

1839, DEC. 34 NEWSPAPERS. 

Court was held in one room and the elevated porch. The 
docket was short. The most interesting cases were several in- 
dictments against Roubidoux for gambling. All the bar except 
W. T. Wood, the circuit attornej', entered our names in the margin 
of the docket as for Roubidoux. We got the old man clear on 
some quibble, and he was happj-. We charged him nothing, but 
he made all of us pay our tavern bills. 


Dec. 4 — The county court, having approved the location of the 
county seat, appointed Jesse Morin to enter the land. Sol. L. 
Leonard, county surveyor, was ordered to la}' off the town, and 
Stephen Johnston was selected as commissioner of the seat of 

Dec. 15 — S. L. Leonard commenced the survey of Platte City. 
I helped him in running the first line, on the east side of the town. 
The ground was covered by a foot of damp snow, and the Platte 
was hard frozen; and we could cross it conveniently. The work 
was complete in time for the sale of lots February 3, 1840. 


Xo newspaper is published in Platte County. During 1837- 
38-39-40 legal advertisements were published, chiefiy, in the Far 
West, issued weekly at Liberty, by Benj. Hays. 


Population of Platte County, 8,913, of which 858 are slaves; 
1 white over 100. Engaged in agriculture, 2,207; in commerce, 
56; in manufactures and trades, 195; in professions, 37. Pen- 
sioners, 3; deaf and dumb, 2; blind, 6; insane, 11. Schools, 27; 
scholars, 1,048. Population of the State, 383,702; the United 
States, 17,068,666. 

Assessment of Platte Countv: slaves. |223,620; monev and 
notes, 121,642; other property, |123,814; total, 1369,076. 'Land 
not taxed. 


N. J. Alexander, Thomas Aull. H. Basye, Blaine, Tompkins & 
Barret, A. M. Belt, A. G. Cunningham, G. V. Dawson, Thos. Ellis, 
Abel Gilbert, Ben Holladay, A. N. Hailey. Bela M. Hughes, Geo. 
Keller, A. J. Lucas, Richard Meek, W. S. Murphy, Chas. Neal, W. 
A. Newman, W. G. Noble, G. P. Post, John Thornbiirg, Thornton 
& BiirTM'tt. lien Wood, Jerry Woods, Wells. 

In the sjiriug of 1840 ^lartinsville moved "bodily" over into 
Platte City. In addition to those named as citizens of Martins- 
ville, I recollect: Wm. B. Almond. Jas. Athy, Wm. E. Black. 
Sam'l Benton, Isaac Burnes. Hamp. Brown, G. W. and W. P. 
Dougherty. Jas. H. Baldwin. Isaac Farris. J. R. Hardin. W. R. 

1840, FEB. 35 COURTS. 

Kelly, Col, Lancaster, Dr. W. M. Macev, Jones H. and .J. R. Owen, 
Jolin S. Porter, (ieo. Strouse, Sani'l Paul, W. i\ Ucminjilon, Shad. 
75. Taylor, -lolm T). ^furray, Jacob I'aker. 


/•V/>. .i — The first sale of lots in rialle ("ily. Alteruale lots 
A\ere sold, and in Jane (he remainder were offeied. Siiiilh Calvert 
was auctioneer. The lots were sold on the <iroiind, the party go- 
iiiii from lot to lot. The weather was favorable. ( Jeo. .McAfee was 
li\in<;' where the cenuMery now is, and had a itreem])tion on the 
whole (]iiarter under the law of 18.'?8. No respect was shown to 
liis rights, and he was too poor to assert them. Lot 1, Block 29, 
where the post-office is now kei)t, was sold to G. P. Dorriss for 
|7()!). This is the highc^st ]>rice ])aid for a lot. P>iddin<i- was 
sjiirited, and the sales of February and June aggrejiated fL'O.OOO. 
The law a]>])ropriated the proceeds of the lots to tlie erection of 
]»ublic buildings. Imitrovements were ra])idly const i-ucted, and, 
in a few months, there were six dry goods stores and about 400 
inhabitants. All trades and professions were represented. Car- 
])enters were in demand. The fiist brick house erected was .1. IT. 
Johnston's store, on Lot 0. P>lock 25. It still stands. 


Fch. 2'i — The February term of circuit court was held in the 
double log cabin, on Lots 11 and 12, P>lock .'U. This was bought by 
the county coui-t fi-oui Zadock Martin foi- |100. Until the court- 
house was (•ou)]tlete, this house Avas used for county courts, and for 
preaching. 1 kei)t my office thert' until I built one on Lot 10, 
Plock 24 (the present public s(]tnire). The next circuit court was 
held in a booth constructed of jmles and brush, back of (r. P. 
Dorriss' store. Several terms were afterwards held by Judge 
Atchison in ^furray's store, on Lot S. P.loclc 2.". Prea<hing was 
also held at the latter place. 

Api)lications were made for the sale of tlu^ Kith sections which 
a Federal law gave to the State for school purjtoses. Townshi]) 
54, R. 88, and T. 58, R. 85, were the first to tile petitions; and the 
county court made the orders. These sales i)assed a good title. 
The squatter generally got his land. Nearly all the school lands 
Avere sold in 1S40 and 1841. 


The banks, Avith the exception of the 15iink of Missouri, sus 
pended specie payments in 1887, and gold, silvei', and Missouii 
money Avere demanded for lots and for Kith sections. 

This State was flooded with Kentucky and Ohio money, 
which was exchanged for gold at a shave of 5 to 20 per cent. Yet 
it was the currency of the State. I'roperty had thr(M^ values: 
1st, specie; 2d, currency; and 8d, trade or exchange. 

1840, FEB. 36 A FREE FERRY. 

S. L. Lfconard was allowed |50 for his survey and plat of 
Platte City. 

Lots 10, 11, and 12 in Block 25 were set apart for public 
buildings. Lots 7 and 8, Block 23, were selected for the jail. 

The purchasers of lots were authorized to cut and use the 
timber in the streets. 

A road from Platte City to Smithville was ordered to be 

A road was ordered from the east end of Main Street to con- 
nect with the old Military Eoad a mile from town. 


The county court ordered the bank of Platte River, at the 
west end of Main Street, cut down, and established a free ferry. 
Zadock Martin found his occupation gone, at his licensed ferry 
below the falls, and sued the county for damages. Nothing 
came of it. 


May 3 — Dr. F. Marshall is appointed treaurer of Platte County 
in place of Ira Norris, who resigned. Bond, |10,000. 


May 4 — A petition was presented to the county court for a new 
township. It states that Weston has 72 voters; and it is signed, 
among others, by Robert Allen, Isaac Archer, Aquilla Aull, Nick 
Benner, Henry Basye, Henry Brill, Jas. Burnett, L. B. Church, 
Jas. Cox, Jos. Cox, W. H. Crawford, A. G-. Cunningham, John S. 
Davis, Sam'l Downey, Dan'l Durbin, Nat Finch, S, C. Fugate, Geo. 
<ross, Hiram Hailey, Jacob Hamm, Ben Holladay, Ben Leach- 
inan. Jas. Leachman, A. J. Lucas, Geo. J. Lucas, Jas. Lynch, Hus. 
McFarland, W. S. Murphy, W. A. Newman, W. G. Noble, Wm. 
Noel, Hosea Norris, Lawrence Page, Elkanah Risk, John Stillwell, 
Elisha Stone. John Thornburg, M. A. Thornburg, Jesse Vineyard, 
J. W. Vineyard, Barnet Wells, H. L. Wilkerson, Ben Wood, Jerry 
AA^oods, A. G. Woodward. 

The prayer of the petition was granted, and Weston Town- 
slii]) was rut out of ■Marshall and Lee. 


Emigrants from Virginia, Kentucky, and central Missouri 
entered enthusiastically into the culture of tobacco, and realized 
large returns in quantity, but the article was not of the quality to 
suit the market. Freights were high, prices low; and in some 
rases, expenses exceeded returns, and the shipper was brought in 
debt. For ten or fifteen years the culture of tobacco continued. 
linf fiiiMlly was given n|). 

1840, JUNE. 37 HEMP. 


From the first settlement of the county, hemp was the 
staple product, ^\'e became wealthy by its culture. No soil on 
earth, whether timber or prairie, is better adapted to hemp than 
Platte County. After a few years, the South looked more to 
Missouri than to Kentucky for a supply of hemp for bagging and 
rope. Platte, for several years prior to the war, was the banner 
county of the world. But no machinery ever invented super- 
seded the hand-break in cleaning it: and that was such arduous 
labor that the abolition of slavery i)ut an end to the culture of 
hemp. Negroes were, therefore, in demand, and stout men sold 
readily for $1,200 to $1,400. But in 1840 there were not 200 
negro men in the county. This number had quadrupled before 
the war came on. 

June 22, 18.38, the first general preemption law was passed, 
giving the actual settler the choice of the quarter-section whereon 
he resided, or that on which his field was situated. June 1, 1840. 
a second law, of like provisions, was passed. September 4, 1841, 
a third law was passed, in favor of such as thereafter might settle 
on public land. But these rights were not assignable; yet the 
purchaser would take possession, and the law of 1841 gave him. 
at once, a preemption. The prohibition of selling thereby became 
a dead letter. The owners of the Kith sections, and of lots in 
Platte City, could convey fee-simple titles. 


The collector's settlement for 1840 shows the county revenue 
collected was .f 042.84. The levy was 25 cents on the .f 100. 


July Jf — The national anniversary was observed for the first 
time. Sherwood & ^fartin were erecting a storehouse at what is 
now the southwest corner of the public square; and from the lum- 
ber provided we erected a platform, and had a glorious time. I 
read the Declaration of Independence, and Dr. D. R. Holt delivered 
an excellent oration. He was then a candidate for the Legislature. 

July 21 — Robt. C. Ewing and W. M. Paxton were enrolled as 

Juhi 30 — J. H. and L. D. Winston are a])pointed administra- 
tors of Gen. Jos. Winston. Bond, .$20,000. General Winston had 
a store at the mouth of the Platte, at the point at which the town 
of Winston was afterwards laid off. When last seen, he was on 
the bank of the Missouri. He was supposed to have been 


At the State election held the 1st Monday in August, 1840. 
the following officers were chosen: 

1840, AUG. 38 D. R. HOLT. 

Governor, Thos. Keynolds; Eepresentative, D. R. Holt; 
Slioriff, Jones H. Owen; Circuit Clerk, Jesse Morin; County 
Clerk, J. H. Johnston; County Justices, Jas. Kuykendall, Dan'l 
1\ Lewis, and M. M. Hughes. 

The vote for President, National: 

W. H. Harrison. Whig. . . 1,274,203 

Martin Van r.uren, Denioeratie 1,128,303 

James Birney, Abolition 7,609 

Harrison received 231 electoral votes; Van Bnren received 
(10 electoral votes. 


Oct. 5 — John Boulware contracts with the county to run a 
free ferry at the foot of ^lain Street for twelve months, at |250. 


Xor. 6 — The county court made an order that Grand Jurors 
must serve without pay I 

Kuykendall and Lewis take their seats as county court jus- 
1 ii-es. Judge Hughes does not qualify until December. 


/>«'. 7 — David K. Holt dies at Jefferson City. He was our 
couuly representative, and had been chosen speaker of the House. 
The Legislature honored him by naming a county for him, and, at 
the cost of 115,000, erected in the State Cemetery at Jefferson City, 
^vliere he was buried, a beautiful monument, with the following 

"Sacred to the memory of David Kice Holt, ^l.D.. late 
r<'])resentative from Platte County, ^Missouri, who was born in 
<lreen County. Tennessee, the Sth of March, 1803, and died the 
17th of Dereuiber, 1840. Erected by an act of the General 


L THO.MAS lAXTOX, b. in Ireland, 1719; d. 1788; m*d Betsy 
McClung. They came to Pennsylvania, and thence to 
Kockbridge County, Virginia. Their oldest son, 
n. JOHN I'AXTOX, m'd Sarah AA'alker. They were progenitors 
of uiaiiy illiislrious Presbyterian divines, im*luding the 
Paxtniis. Ilonstous. Kdmoudsous. Caui])bells. Carrs. Cow- 
ans. Kiies, ami Hulls. .V dr. of John and Sarah was 
III. KLIZABLTII PAXTOX. b. A])iil l.~. 1774: m\\ October 17, 
1794, David llnli. b. Feb. 24. 17(;4: d. Aug. 2. 1837. Their 

L Lurii 11'. //o//. b. Oci. 17. ^~\^r^. 
2. l-jlird. Holt, b. Julv 29, 1797. 
:;. .h>h)t r. Holt, b. April 17, 1800. 

1840, DEC. 39 D. R. HOLT, M.D. 

4. David R. Holt, b. March 8,.180;5. 

5. I^alhi W. Holt, b. :\laicli 10, J SO;"). 
(). Nancy P. Holt, b. Maicli 2(), 1S07. 
7. W. W. Holt. h. A]»i-il 1, ISIO. 

S. Man/ li. Holt. b. Sei)l(Mnb('r IS, 1812. 
!». Jos. M. Holt. b. Nov. 4, 1814. 
10. Elij. P. Holt, b. INrnrch 27, ISIO. 
David lIoU was an (Miiineiit I'lcsb.x tcriaii iiiiiiisUn', and his 
])Ostei'ity are in the lii<;h ])hices of (he SoiUh; we ai'e concerned 
only with David K. and Jos. M. Holl, wlio came to Platte in 1838. 


A tier jiiadiiatin^' ai NN'ashinj^lon College, \'a., he studied 
theol(>jiy, and was licensed by his i)resbytery. In 1S28 he went to 
Virginia, and studied medicine. Tn IS.'iO he m'd Isabella White, 
dr. of Maj. ^A'hite, of ^^'ashin<iton < 'o., \;i. Tliey came to Boone 
Co.. ^lo. and he ])reached a while at Columbia. l\emovin<i' thence 
1o Saline Co.. Ave find him in IMalte in 18.'^8, and elected to the 
Legislature in 1840. Avithout oi»i)(tsitioii. His ministerial char- 
acter, handsome ]>erson, and dignitied bearing, Avith the ])olish of 
a gentleman and the intelligence of a scholar, pointed him out 
as one well fitted to become the speaker of the House. .lUit he 
died ere lie had fnlly entered on his Avork. He left tAVo daughters, 
but I have no trace of them. 

U. J()Sl<:ril MILTON HOLT, M.D. 
Born in Greene Co., Tenn., he studied medicine, and cauu' to 
Platte in 18:'>8. He removed in 1841. to Savannah. Mo., and re- 
lui*ned to Faily, Platte Co.. Mo., in ISiJ:*. After twenty-one years 
of practice in our county, he remov(Hl. in 1884, 1o XcAvark, ^lo., 
where he died in 1805, honoi'ed for his A'irtues and revered for his 
lioly Avalk and affectionate demeanoi-. lie married four times: 

1st, Rachel, di'. of William and Lucretia Gordon. She Avas 
b. .Inlv 11, 1822; d. Feb. 8, 18r)l. They were m'd June 8. 1841. Ch : 
L DAVID P. HOLT, b. ^larch 22,'l842; d. June 7, 1883. 
IL W. GOPDON HOLT, b. :\ray 0, 1844; m'd Oct. 17, 1871, Jennie 
Prior. They had one child, Lvn Holl. and were divoiced. 
Wm. lives in Cal.. and .leuuie m'd -lolin G. r'ai|»enter. 
lir. .lOHX PAXTOX HOLT. b. .Ian. 2.''). 18.-)1 : d. Aim. :!1. 1880. 
They removed to Texas, wiiere he mai-ried. and where his 
AvidoAV and children noAv reside. 

Dr. J. ^\. Holt m'd 2d. Aug. 2:5. L8.-,2, y\rs. Susan K. Drake. 
a dr. of Pobert Todd. She was b. in Clay Feb. 24. 1828; 
d. A])ril 12, ^S~^). I renuMuber her as a most beautiful and 
accomi»lislied lady. She was the AvidoAV of TMiarh^s Di-ake, 
Avho d. without ch. Ilei' ch. by Dr. Holl : 
IV. ALOXZO T. HOLT, :\r.D.. b. June 10. lS.~)t; m'd Isl. April 20, 
1872, Elsie Sim])Son. She d. leaviui;' an only ch.. Ma\' Holt. 
Alonzo m'd 2d. Xovember ."i. 1S7!*. l^ncy P>. r'nmitbell. di'. of 
Di'. John A. Cami>bell. of PaikNille. Di'. Holt and his 

1840, DEC. 40 W. M. PAXTON. 

wife are related throu-gh the Alexanders and Paxtons. Dr. 
Holt has practiced at Farly, Waldron, and Parkville. He 
is a man of superior intelligence, and enjoys universal con- 
fidence. His ch. by his 2d wife: 

1. Susie; 2. Albert; 3. Carlton; 4, Mary. 
V. EGBERT TODD HOLT, b. June 12, 1855; m'd Alice Cox, 
They live in Kansas City. No ch. 
VI. EUGENE E. HOLT, b. Sept. 14, 1858; single; lives in Idaho. 
Vn. JAMES MILTON HOLT, b. Nov. 24, 1863; single; lives in 

Vm. ANNA E. HOLT, b. Sept. 4, 1868; m'd Nov. 4, 1887, Joe L. 
Freeland, b. July 11, 1863; son of Jas, M, Freeland, and 
grandson of Judge John Freeland. He was elected cir- 
cuit clerk in Nov., 1890, and for a second term in 1894. Ch : 
1. Eulalia, b. Nov. 8, 1888. 2. Susie, b. Aug 31, 1892. 
Dr. J. M. Holt m'd 3d, Nov. 11, 1870, Louisa J. Turner, b. 
March 28, 1826; d. Oct. 28, 1871, childless. She was a dr. 
of Elder Thomas Turner. (See.) 

Dr. J. M. Holt m'd 4th, Nov. 22, 1874, Georgia E. Porter, 
b. in Miss. April 29, 1838. Ch: 
IX. SAM'L WINN HOLT, b. Sept. 25, 1875. 
X. JOSIE ELOISE HOLT, b. Feb. 19, 1877. 

As the Paxtons and the Holts are from the same Scotch- 
Irish stock, let us commence with 

L JOHN PAXTON, b. in Ireland 1721; came to Rockbridge 
Co., Va., with his brother, Thomas Paxton, from whom we 
have derived the Holts. John Paxton m'd in 1742, Martha 
Blair, Their son, 
n. CAPT. JOHN PAXTON, b. in Rockbridge Co., Va., 1743 : d. 
Oct. 3, 1787; m'd Phoebe Alexander, dr. of Capt. John 
Alexander, uncle of Dr. Archibald, of Princeton. Their son, 
in. JAMES paxton; m'd March 23, 1786, in Rockbridge, Pho-be 
McClung, dr. of John McClung and Elizabeth Alexander. 
Their onlv ch: \ 

IV. JAMES ALEX. PAXTON, b. Sept. 13, 1788; d. in Mason Co., 

Ky., Oct. 23, 1825; m'd Maria Marshall, b. in Mason Co., 
Ky., July 20, 1795; d. in Columbus. O., Feb. 6, 1824. She 
^ was a dr. of Alex. K. Marshall, a Kentucky reporter, and 
brother of Chief Justice John Marshall. Their son, 

V. WILLIAIM McCLUNG PAXTON. b. in Mason Co., Ky., March 

2, 1819 ; m'd Mary Forman Oct. 1, 1840. Ch : 

1. Anna Paxton. 

2. Tinie Paxton, m'd Alg. S. Tebbs: ch: [o] Laura G. 

Tebbs, m'd Chas. B. Miller. Ch: \1] Bethine. 
[''] Mary P. Tebbs. 3. PJioehe Paxton. 
The vacancy occasioned by the death of Dr. D. R. Holt as 
represontntive was filled at a special election bv the choice of 
D. A. Sutton. 

1840, DEC. 41 ROADS. 


The county court of Clay County never established a road in 
Platte. The Garrison Koad was made by military authority, and 
had no civil sanction. Up to 1840, roads generally followed the 
ridges; but now farms are fenced on the lines of the surveys, and 
fhere are calls for established roads. For several years the coun- 
ty records are filled with proceedings to establish roads. The 
settlers had no well-defined titles, and no damages were allowed. 
The best ground was chosen, and subsequent changes injured the 


The earliest and largest churches in the county were those 
of the Hardshell Baptists. The Methodist Church and the Disci- 
ples, or Christians, followed. The Cumberland Presbyterians 
were numerous. The two last named sects had just come into 
existence, and were full of fire and zeal. Immense camp-meetings 
were held in the woods, with logs for seats. Sectarian zeal was 
warm and religious discussions enlivened society. The mode, 
subject, and design of baptism, the operation of the Spirit, creeds 
and confessions of faith, education, the anxious seat, call to the 
ministry, and close and open communion called forth the 
polemic talent of all classes. 


Was built in 1840. Demetrius A. Sutton, an exjierienced 
architect, drew the plan and specifications, and was paid for his 
work |10. He and Jesse Morin, with Elijah Moore, were the 
building committee. The house was built on Lots 10, 11, and 12, 
Block 25, and 20 feet back from the streets on the south and east. 
It was 50 feet square, two 12-foot stories, and ])ointed roof, sur- 
mounted by a cupola, ball, and spire. There were four offices on 
the south, 18 by 18 feet, two below and two above. A passage 
led from the front or south door to the court-room below, and 
another on the second floor to a large room, long used for preach- 
ing. The circuit clerk used the lower office in the southeast 
corner, and the county clerk used the room in the southwest cor- 
ner. The rooms above were for the probate judge and for juries. 
The work was sufficiently advanced as to be used for the Novem- 
ber term, 1841, of the circuit court. The whole house was, at first, 
covered with tin; but so defective was the work that all the tin 
was removed, except upon the cupola, and shiugles substituted. 
The following marriages, 1840, are not elsewhere noted: 
March 19, 1840, Metcalf Smifh married Mary Collet. 
December .S, 1840, Hosea Norris married Mary Pettigrew. 

1841, JAN. 42 OFFICERS. 



Governor, Lilbiirn Boggs; State Senator, And'w Johnson; 
Circuit Judge, D. K. Atcliison; County Clerlv, J. H. Johnston; 
County Assessor, W. C. Remington; Circuit Attorney, P. H. Bur- 
nett; Sheriff, Jones H. Owen; Representative, D. A. Sutton; 
Circuit Clerk, Jesse Morin; County Treasurer, F. Marshall; Jus- 
tices County Court, Jas. Kuykendall, D. P. Lewis, and M. M. 


At Platte City: Attorneys — AV. B. Almond, A, E. Cannon, 
S. L. Leonard, W. M, Paxton, Jas. S. Thomas, C, P. Brown. 

Physicians — W. M, Macey, F. Marshall, I. W. Gibson. 

Merchants, etc. — Adkins & White, Black «& Dickson, Bran- 
ham & McCausland, G. W. Dougherty, M. D. Faylor, Ferguys & 
Ranson, Hope & Irwin, G. P. Dorriss, Johnston & Lewis, Stephen 
Johnston. Jas. H. Johnston (post-master). Perry Keith, W. R. 
Kellv, John D. Murray, W. H. Spratt, J .H. Spratt. Shad. Tavlor, 
G. W. Samuel. Platte City Mills (Martin & Co.), Sherwood & 
Alar tin. 

At Weston: N. J. Alexander, George Aull, Peter Blanjour, 
Abel Gilbert, H. N. Hailev, Ben Holladav, Bela M. Hughes. W. A. 
Newman. W. G. Noble. C. A. & E. W. Perrv, G. P. Post, J. M. & 
E. W. Railey, D. P. Wallingford. W. S. Murphy, C. R. Weutworth. 
Ben Wood. Jerry Woods. 


Jan. 6 — The county court appropriated .|?),000 to build a jail 
on Lots 7 and 8, Block 23, and appointed Jesse Morin commissioner 
to report a plan, and to let out the contract. The plan adopted was 
;i square, two-story building, with three outer walls of squared, 
hard timber— the logs of the inner Avail being set on end. A door 
was in the southwest corner, whence a stairway led to the room 
;i1i(»ve. where a trap-door opened to the cell below. 

Jan. 21 — Since the sales of IGth sections, deeds for land are 
filed. The first is from Crook to Patton, for ])art of the N. W. ^- 
of Sec. 10. T. .in. R. nr). 


Fell. // — loseph Lo;ni and familv settle Ihree miles east of 


The Legishil lire linving foi-med Platte Conniy iiilo tlie 12th 
•Tudicial Circuit, the governor a])i>oints Gen. D. R. Atchison 
< ircuit jndge. He therupon removes from Liberty to Platte City, 
wliich is liis home until tlie war. 

1841, MARCH. 43 FINANCES. 

Miin-li .>2 — Indjic Atchison holds his first torin, in aii arbor, 
consti-iKted for the purpose, back of Ci. T. Dorriss' store, on Lot 1, 
Block 20, Platte City. 

Chris. V. Jb-own and .las. H. IJaldwiii arc ('iiroIJcd as 

A lar^e nunibci- of cili/,cus are indicted for <.>aniblin^. They 
l)lead guilty, and are fined .|.") each. A number of gamblers, 
]»romincnt among whom was one of the "S'oungcr boys, foHowed 
the judge on his ciicuit. lo engage in gambling. 

The will of Hichard -bicks (1) is |>robated. It is dated Febru- 
ary II), 1S41. Plis widow is Sophia, and his childi'en: 1, Thonnis 
•Jacks; 2, .lohn; a, Elias; 4. Richard; 5, Polly Lewis; G, Cath. 
Anders; 7. Elizabeth Anders; S. Fanny: 0, Nancy Woirell; 
]((, Tveb. Childeis; 11, Louisiana -lacks. 



Mail 1 — Townshi]) School Fund paid in f 4,108.47 

All of whi<di is loaned out at 10 per cent. 

IJoad and Canal Fund 840.00 

This is tines colliM-led. and is added lo the 
County School Fund and distributed. 

Lot Fund — sale of lots l(i,."')77.oa 

Of which there lias been paid out 0.(»r»0.58 

The collector has paid in taxes collected :>,1(»!).00 

Expenditures, oi-dinary 4,808.07 

MdjI 6 — The county court a])points a committeeman for each 
township, to solicit subscri])t ions foi- a free bridge at IMatte City. 
James H. Johnson resigns as commissioner of the seat of jus- 
tice, and S. L. Leonai-d is a]ti)ointed to the ])lace. and gives bond 
foi- |:10.000. 


Jinic 21 — Ira Norris is ai>i»oinle(l to advertise and let out the 
construction of a free bridge ovei- IMatte Ki\-er at IMatte City. 

June 22 — S. L. Leonard, commissioner, is ordered to sell pub- 
licly, the first Monday in August, all lots not dis])osed of. 

The county court rents foi- the July term of the circ\iii court 
the room over J. 1>. ^luii'av's saloon, on Lot 8. Block iM. in 
IMatte City. 


Jiih/ 1 — Tavern license is gi'auied lo .7. Y. Cockiill (Ui Lot 42. 
B.lock 25, Platte City. 

Jiili/ 13 — Circuit couil held ovei- Murray's saloon by Judge 

B. B. Bees, John Wilson, 4as. It. ( iardenhii-c, S. B. Campbell, 
P. L. Iludgens and J. B. llaidin enrolled as attorneys. 

1841, AUG. . 44 JOSIAH HIGGINS. 


Aug. 3 — Jacob Hamm, administrator of G. F. List. Bond, 

County court grants |25 for the support of Henry Fulks — the 
first pauper granted aid. 

John Lewis, having taken the contract to build the jail, is 
granted |966. 

Aug. 28 — The Weston Presbyterian Church organized. 


Sept. 5 — S. L, Leonard, commissioner, reports the amount of 
sales of lots since his appointment is |3,635.23. 

Sept. 8 — Ira Norris, commissioner, reports that he has let out 
to Thos. W. Mercer, for |8,000, the contract for a lattice bridge 
over Platte River at Platte City, of one track, 20 feet wide. The 
contract approved. 

Congress grants to the State of Missouri for Internal Im- 
provements 500,000 acres of public lands. 

Sept. 21 — Bela M. Hughes enrolled as an attorney. 


Oct. 10 — Jesse Morin, superintendent of public buildings, re- 
ports the court-house, except plastering, complete. Medlin & 
Anderson did the stone-work, David Hunt the brick-work, and 
Sam'l Paul, B. R Morton, W. D. Bonnell, and Elijah Moore the 
carpenter-work. The jail was finished in December. 

Oct. 25 — The circuit court met for the first time in the court- 
house, yet unplastered. 


Nov. 1 — Josiah Higgins' will probated ; dated March 26, 1841. 
Ch: 1, Josiah Higgins (ii); 2, Benjamin; 3, Harmon; 4, Jackson; 
5, William; 6, Susan Cooper; 7, Jacob; 8, Peggy Ford; 9, John. 

Nov. 10 — R. B. Mitchell, administrator of Luke Dorland. 
Bond, $2,000; widow, Martha. 

Nov. 16 — Smith & Henderson, administrators of John P. Smith. 
Bond, $25,000. Ch: 1, Wm. V. Smith; 2, Jas. C; 3, Hiram S 
4, Gershom; 5, Sarah Ann Chance; 6, Mary Ann; 7, Jane C 
8, Lucretia; 9, Webster. 

Legal advertisements are now printed at Liberty in the Far 
West, Ben Hays editor, and in the Liberty Herald, J. H. Darling 
ton editor. The latter worked on the Reveille and the Lamdniarl- 
IIo died in November, 1896, in the St. Joseph Lunatic Asylum. 

JA:MES F. ADA:MS, from Tennessee, settled this year at 
Ridgoly, and started the town on his claim. A saddler by trade, 
lie sot up a shop, and a small town grew np. It was a gambling 
and drinking place, and was first called "Hell Town." He m'd 
Mary Owens, dr. of Nicholas. Ch: 

1842, JAN. 45 OFFICERS. 

II. SARAH M., m'd Rob't Reed, of St. Joseph. 

III. LOU M., m'd W. L. De Berry. (See.) 

IV. MAGGIE, m'd Dr. J. L. Misener. 


Mr. Jas. F. Adams was the first postmaster at Ridgely. His 
parents were Jas. Adams and Sarah llarnard. 

March 2, 1841, J. H. Spnrlock married Martha Spencer. 
March 12, 1841, Calvin Smith married Aj;gie Gordon. 
February 6. 1841. James Moore married Mary A. Grayson. 



Governor, Thos. Reynolds; Senator, And. Johnson; Circuit 
Judge, D. A. Atchison; County Clerk, J. H. Johnston; Treasurer, 

F. Marshall; County Justices, Jas. Kuykendall, D. P. Lewis, and 
M. M. Hughes; Representative, D. A. Sutton; Circuit Clerk, 
Jesse Morin; Sheriff, J. H. Owen; Assessor, W. C. Remington; 
Circuit Attorney, P. H. Burnett. 


At Platte City: Attornevs — W. B. Almond, Jas. H. Baldwin. 
R. P. Clark, Nat Burrows, J."^ R. Hardin, W. P. Hall, I. N. Jones, 
W. C. Jones, S. L. Leonard, Wm. :\r. Paxton, J. E. Pitt, J. G. 
Spratt, Jas. S. Thomas, John Wilson. 

Phvsicians — Wm. Baldwin, Delford Benton, J. H. McFall, 
N. M. Shrock, W. M. Macey, F. ^Marshall. 

Merchants, etc.— Black & Dickson, I. V. Cockerell, G. P. 
Dorriss, Ferguys & Ranson, Hope & Irwin, J. H. Johnston (post- 
master), Stephen Johnston, Johnston & Lewis, Martin & Sher- 
wood, Martin & Sons, McCauslnnd & Branham, John D. Murray, 

G. W. Samuel. 

At Weston: Attorneys— L. D. Bird, J. X. Burnes, B. M. 
Hughes. John R. Tylee. 

Merchants, etc. — Geo. Aull, Peter Blanjoni', Elijah Codv, 
Abel Gilbert, Ben Holladnv, W. G. Noble, C. A. & E. W. Perry, 
G. P. Post, J. M. & E. W. Railey, D. P. Wallingford, T. F. Warner, 
O. P. Went worth, Ben Wood, Jerry Woods. 


Early in 1842, E. Sangston Wilkinson started the Eaqle, the 
,first newspaper i)rinted in Platte. March 5, 1842, Allen McLane 
took editorial charge of the paper, and made it interesting and 
influential, as well as strongly Democratic in its politics. 

E, S. WILKINSON until ISO!') resided on a ranch near Denver, 
Colo. He was born in Harrisonville, Ya., ISIO; died 1800; was 


married June 21, 1837, in Indiana, to Maria Freeland, b. May 20, 
1S20; d. 1896; daughter of the hite Judge John Freeland. After 
editing the Shelbyville, Indiana, Statesman two years, he came 
with the Freeland family to Platte; here he spent nineteen years 
in editing and publishing the Eagle, the Argus, the Tenth Legion, 
and other papers, all strongly Democratic. But when the war 
came on, and dangers threatened on account of his Southern 
sympathies, he went to Helena, Montana, where he published the 
Roekji Moumtain Gazette, from August 11, 1866, to September 2. 
1872. He afterwards published the Bozeman Times for three 
vears. His living children: 

I. ALLEX McLAXE WILKINSON, b. at Platte City, Novem- 
ber 18, 1818. 
II. KALEIGH T. WILKINSON, b. at Camden Point, August 13. 
1853. His ch : 

1, Henri/ C, 2. John W. (a captain in the V. S. Army), 
3. Dora. 
Mr. E. S, Wilkinson was in Winston's Kegiment, and at Pea 
Ridge, Corinth, etc. He and his wife both died in Cal. in 1896. 
whither they had gone for their health. 


Jan. 11 — The county court incorporated Weston, Geo. Beeler, 
Abel Gilbert, John Thornburg, T. F. Warner, and Jerry Woods 
were the trustees. 


Jan. 12 — The county court, on application, ordered notice to 
be given for the inhabitants of T, 52, R. 31, to meet at the house of 
Michael Byrd, to organize for school purposes, the 3d of March. 
1842. The State law made each congressional township a corpora- 
tion, to be divided into districts, for separate schools. The 
16th sections were ''squatted" upon, and no one dared to bid 
against the "squatters" for their lands. They therefore got 
their lands at the minimum price of |1.25 per acre. The principal 
of the Township School Fund is only |21,000. Had there been a 
fair sale, the fund would now be |200.000. Allen McLane had 
independence enough to condemn this fraud, in the Eagle, and 
when lie offered for office, he found his course had lost him votes. 
Nearly all the townships of the county were organized in 1841 and 
1842. and school-houses were built in many districts. They were 
of roiijul oi- hewed logs, with a door on one side, and a long hori- 
zontal window on the other. Below the window a sloping board 
served for desks. Seats were puncheons or slabs set upon 
wofulon jtoles, for legs. 


Feb. 7 — Peter Simmons' will ]nobated — Johii Bretz executor. 
Bond. 82.000. 


Maiilia Ambrose, adiiiiiiistralrix of Win, Ambrose. IJoiid, 

Mattliias Masteu, admiiiislralor of his sou, Joseph Masteu. 

Feb. 9 — rai'k & Parsons are granted tavern license at 

Fch. 11 — The county clerk is ordered lo i)rocure copies of tlie 
Olticial Survey of the huids of Phitte Count}'. The tieki-notes were 
furnished. The consisted of two thick square volumes, of 1,100 
pages each, and are now in the possession of the county sur- 
veyor. They are invaluable, and T have made and indexed a copy 
foi- use in my business of abstractor of titles. 


March 28 — Judge Atchison held circuit court in the new and 
unpiastered court-house. 

Enrolled as attorneys, K. P. Clark, I. N. -Tones, and W. P. Hall. 


Ajiril 9 — The county court iiic(»iporated Platte City, with X. 
Burrows, W. E. Black. "\V. P. l)ough<Mty, I). S. Trwin. and :\rark 
McCausland, trustees. 


MdjI 1 — The annual county statement shows: 

Keceipts .f .3,503.10 

Expenditures 2,824.64 

Priucij»al of Township School Fund 10,876.00 

l/f/// '/ — Edw'd Clarki', administiator of Abner Bozarth. with 
his will annexed. He left a widow and two daughters. The 
widow m'd Col. Lewis Burnes. (See.) 


June ,3— Elisha Green buys Lot 6, Block 28, in Platte City. 
Here he erected the hotel known as the Green House. His enter- 
prise and public spirit gave a new impulse to the improvement of 
Platte City. 

June 20 — Allen McLane announced himself a candidate for 
the Legislattire, but is beaten, on account of his op])osing the 
sacrifice of 16th sections to the "s(iuatters." 


•/(//// 13 — Circuit court held by .Judge Atchison in the court- 
house. Bright B. Martin, a son of Zadock, is enrolled as an 


Aug. 1 — Senator, Andrew .Tohnston; Congressman, .Tas. M. 
Hughes; Representatives, Bethel Allen and .T. A. White; Sheriff, 
J. H. Owen; Assessor, W. C. Remington. 

1842, AUG. 48 CROPS, ETC. 

Aug. 4 — The bridge specifications are changed, and |1,500 is 
added to the price allowed Mercer, the contractor. 

Aug. 25— Robert Todd died. (See.) 

The plastering of the court-house is finished, and the house 

Aug. 28 — The Weston Presbyterian Church reorganized, with 
the following members: 1, Mary Cowles; 2, R. A. Cummins; 
3, Amer'a P. Hudson; 4, Anna Nash; 5, Eliz. Neville; 6, Sam'l 
Morton; 7, Eliz. Norton; 8, R. G. Stephens; 9, P. M. Underhill. 

Oct. i^— Weston Lodge, No. 53, A. F. & A. M., chartered. 


Nov. 8 — Jones & Waller, administrators of Lewis M. Waller; 
and W. B. Wood, of Edwin Wood. 

Nov. 10 — W. L. Brightwell, R. P. and Harrison Gaines, Joseph 
Coons, and their families, arrive in Platte, coming overland in 
wagons. They bought corn at 10 cents per bushel. 

Nov. 18 — Temperature at zero. 

The President locates the land oflice at Plattsburg. 


Dec. 13 — Under this date, Book 3, page 87, of records of the 
county court, a statement of the sales of 16th sections is found. 

The President's message was nine hours in going from 
\\'ashington to New York, considered quick time. 

Two vagrants sold, publicly, in Platte City. 

The removal of the land office from Plattsburg to Platte 
City advocated. 

Allen McLane makes the following entry in his diary: "The 
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad was opened to Cumberland (171 miles), 
on the 3d day of November. 1842. This will bring the mail in ten 
hours to Cumberland, and in thirty-two hours to Wheeling! Who 
would have dreamed of this ten years ago?" 

Dec. 2Jf — A ball at the court-house for warming. The upper 
story of the court-house has been seated by subscription, for 
religious services. 

John S. Malott's (see) will probated. It is dated March 9, 
1842. He was a son of Wm. Malott. (See.) 


Abundant crops were raised in 1842, but there was no market 
for thoni. New settlers, however, had money to spend, and 
needed sni>plies. Corn sold for 10 cents per bushel, and wheat at 
50 cents. Froights to St. Louis were from ^1 to |2 per 100 pounds, 
and the tobacco and hemp shipped brought but small returns. 
All good lands in Platte had flaimants, and emigrants pressed 
fnrtlK-f north. Tlninis upon tlie best land sold for ^?> to $8 per 


acre. Under the law of 184:1, the new settlers got a preemption 
rijjht. With no market, money became scarce. 


Farms were rapidly opened, and substantial and comfortable- 
houses erected. Martin «& Sons have added an upright saw to 
rheir mill; Hall ]Medlin has constructed a grist- and saw-mill, on 
Smith's Fork; and Judge M. M. Hughes and Capt. Andrew John- 
.son have each built a good mill on Bee Creek. Huston McFarland 
has a saw-mill near ^Veston, and the Perrys are building a large 
Mouring-mill at Weston. The finest oak and walnut timber ever 
seen is offered for nothing; and $1.25 is the price of the best 
squared timber. Goods are selling at from 50 per cent to 150 
per cent on cost. 


Howell Jenkins (see), a native of Wales, settled at Platte 
City in 1842. A stonemason by trade, he built with his own hands 
the rock mansion on Lots 4 and 5, Block 28, and did all the best 
stone-work in town for years. From our native rock, he cut out 
and lettered all the tombstones for our graveyard, for twelve 
years. The first marble monument erected in the cemetery was at 
the grave of Dr. N. M, Shrock in 1855. 

Robert Davis -Johnston (see), a native of Kentucky, came to 
us. by wa}' of Indiana, and formed a partnership with .John 
Lewis, in a general store, on Lot 6, Block 29. He subsequently 
formed a partnership with Jas. H. Johnston, in the same line. 
The adversities of trade and the calamities of war drove him from 
the mercantile business. His military career is familiar to all. 


The two first named were brothers-in-law. Dr. McFall died 
soon after his arrival from Kentucky, and Dr. Shrock formed :i 
partnership with Dr. H. P>. Callahan, and they were favorite ]>hys- 
icians for years.. Dr. Shrock was an enthusiastic Mason, and to 
him we owe the organization of Platte Lodge, No. 50. He was 
well informed in the mysteries of Masonry, and with diligence 
instructed his brethren. Dr. Callahan left us in 1857, and in the 
war found no rest for his feet. He resided at Leavenworth many 
years, honored as a ])hysician and revered as a citizen. He died 
in 1890 and was buried at Platte City. 

John Zeek established a tan-yard on Block 17. but found it 
not profitable, and h^ft us for some better locntiou. 

Benj. R. ^Morton (see) worked on the court-house, and erected 
a carding machine on Block 28. 

William C. Remiugton (see), a handsome and genial youth, 
wrote an excellent hand, and found ready (Muployment as deputy 
clerk, until he arose fo the office of circuit clerk. 


William E. Black, after working ou the bridge over the 
Platte, became a merchant, and then a physician. He returned 
to Virginia. 

John Ritner located near Smithville, and, being an excellent 
millwright, became a partner with Jas. B. Martin in the Platte 
City Mills. 

James Davis, a large, genial, and agreeable gentleman, and 
an excellent clerk, wrote in the circuit clerk's office, read law, 
formed a partnership with John W. Forbis, and disappeared very 
mysterioush-; but was heard from again in one of the Northwest- 
ern States. 

Archibald Woods and James M. Estill came from Kentucky 
with money, bought a large body of land, and built the Union 
Mills. They became also merchants in Weston. Their business 
was immense, and their creditors suffered. Estill went to Cali- 
fornia, took some large contracts, and speculated unsuccessfully. 

E. S. Wilkinson removed the Eagle to Weston, but the winter 
caught him without paper. He went on horseback to Boonville, 
but got but little paper. The Eagle therefore was issued only as 
a handbill, until the river opened in the spring. 


September 4, 1841, Congress granted the Western States 
public lands within their borders. Five hundred thousand acres 
were granted to Missouri. The gift was accepted, and commis- 
sioners were appointed to select the lands. They were located 
chiefly in the Platte Purchase. S. L. Leonard and Dr. A. M. Robin- 
son were commissioners. The Federal law required locations to 
be in bodies of not less than 320 acres. To induce the settlers to 
give in their lands to the State, a liberal preemption law was 
passed, giving time for payment, and sanctioning sales by the 
settler, after the first payment. These lands appear on the official 
plat as "Internal Improvement Lands." About one-eighth of the 
county of Platte was selected as State lands. The land office was 
located at Savannah. 


Governor, Thos. Reynolds; Senator, And. Johnson; Con- 
gressman. J. 'SI. Hughes; Circuit Clerk, Jesse Morin; Treasurer, 
F. Marshall; Representatives, B. Allen and J. A. White; Circuit 
Attorney. P. H. Burnett; Circuit Judge. D. R. Atchison; County 
<^lork. J. n. Johnston; Sheriff, Jones H. Owen; Assessor, W. C. 
Remington; County Justice, Jas. Kuykendall, D. P. Lewis, and 
M. M. Hughes. 

1843, JAN. 51 BUSINESS MKN. 


At Platte Citij: Attoinoys— W. 15. .Mmond. .Fas. fl. Baldwin, 
N. Burrows, K. V. Clark, .J. K. llardiii, I. X. Jones, ^V. C. Jones, 
S. L. Leonard, W. P. Hall, Jno. E. Pitt, J. G. Spratt, Jas. S. 
Thomas, John Wilson. 

Physicians — Drs. Wm. Baldwin, Delford Benton, John ( Markc 
J. H. McFall, F. Marshall, W. :\r. Maiey, X. M. Shrock. 

Merchants, etc. — Atkins & \\'liito, (^. P. Dorriss, Feronys & 
Ranson, R. P. Gaines. J. II. Johnston (postmaster), K. D. John- 
ston, Stephen Johnston, Perry Keilh, McCausland & Branham, 
Phil. Lutes, J. D. Murray, G. W. Samuel. Z. Martin & Sons, Hope & 
Iiwin, W. E. Black, E. Green. 

At Weston: Attorneys— L. D. P.ird. P. ^\. ITnuhes. J. P. 

Physicians — Bonifant. Bowers, Alalia. 

Merchants, etc.— P. Blanjour, E. Codv, A. Gilbert. F. G. Cock 
rill, Ben Holladay, W. G. Noble. C. A. &'e. W. Perry, W. S. Mur 
])hy, G. P. Post. J. M. & E. W. Railey, D. P. Wallinjjford, T. F. War- 
ner, C. P, Wentworth. Pen Wood. 


Jan. 2 — The Democrats of the county met at the court-house 
and organized the party. 

Ja7\. It — A slight earthquake. 

Mails come tri-weekly, by ha(;k, from Liberty, arriying at 
2 p. m. at Platte City. 

Alex. E. Cannon, the first lawyer to locate at ^Martinsville, is 
now teaching school. His legal erudition knew no book but the 

Arch'd Woods buys lands in Preston Township. 

The State Road from Weston to Plattsburu established. 
( See Session Acts 1843, p. 345.) 

Jan. 9 — E. S. Wilkinson still in search of printing paper. 

Jan. 15 — Subscribers to the Platte River bridge refused to 
l)ay. Suit is instituted — hung jury; but they finally triumph. 

Jas. H. Baldwin and Allen ^IcLane discuss, jirivately. county 
finances, and decide they are ba<lly managed. 

The Legislature establishes a State Road fiom Libciiy to 
Weston. Damages are allowed ]ueemptioners. 

Jan. 20 — The county court secretly applies to the Legislature 
to make the Platte River bridge a toll hiidge, which caused much 
indignation, when discovered. 

Weston is rapidlj- improving. The Ea(/lc is udw known as 
the Platte Eayle and Weston Coniniereial Gazette, and is issued 

The State Land Office is located at Savannah, and in due 
time A. Jasper is ap])oinled receiver and Nat P.urrows register. 

1843, FEB. 52 , BENTON. 


Fel). 23 — Weston is incorporated by statute, acquires title to 
the site, and deeds are made for the lots that have been sold. 

The Legislature legalized the irregular sales of 16th sections 
and Platte City lots. 

Feb. 27 — Peter H. Burnett spoke at the court-house on the 
Oregon question, and advocated emigration thither. 

The war on Senator Benton has commenced. The Eagle is 
with Benton. 

The Missouri is still closed, and Wilkinson's printing paper 
is still in abeyance. 


It takes twenty days to get news from Washington. 

W. L. Brightwell bu^^s smoked hams at 3 cents, and young 
oxen at |13 per yoke. 

Marcli 6 — The United States Senate confirms the appoint- 
ment of J. H. Birch as register and E. M. Samuel as receiver of the 
Plattsburg land office. 

The Democrats meet at the court-house, Achilles Jasper in 
the chair, and approve Benton's views on hard money. Bela M. 
Hughes and L. D. Bird, of Weston, and Leander Kerr, chaplain at 
the Fort, are present. 

Many are preparing to emigrate to Oregon. 

The population of St. Louis is 28,354. 

March J6 — The ground is still covered with snow, and very 
cold — the coldest winter on record. 

March SO — Another fall of snow and still cold. 

Peter H. Burnett, having resigned, the bar recommends Bela 
^r. PTughes for the place of circuit attorne3\ 


April 1 — The Plattsburg land office opens with Birch as 
register and Samuel as receiver. 

Six inches of snow fell. 

April .'i — Warmer, with rain at intervals. 

Jesse ■Nlorin is appointed commissioner of the seat of justice 
in i)lace of S. L. Leonard, resigned. 

I). A. Sutton is appointed commissioner of Platte Piver 
biidgc in place of Ira Noi-ris. resigned. 

.1/)^//. 10 — Phinehas Skinner buys land easi of ramden Point. 

Tho ^Missouri River ice commences moving., 

April 13 — The Steamer Tone reaches Weston, bi-inging Wilkin- 
son's ]»a]>(M'. The Ea(/lc now comes out regularly. The John Avll 
an-ivcs at Wrslon on the 14lh. 

April 1') — Tlio first reanlai- issue of lli(> Ear/lc at Weston — 
Xn. I.Vol.IL 

April 22 — Prit<-har<l is killed in Weston by Price, 

1843, APRIL. 53 HARD TIMES. 

April 27 — The Platte City Presbyterian Clniieli organized 
with the followiiij;- members: 1, W'm. ]J. Almond; 2, John Y. 
Oooper; .'?, Di-. .lohii Chuke; 4, Ann, his wife; T), N. II. Hope; 0, S. 
P. S. McCnrdy; 7, Jos. Patlou; 8, Allen Sloan; 0, Anna M., his 
wife; 10, Jas. E. Walker. Dr. J, M. Fulton was invited to supply 
the pulpit. W. M. Paxton and wife united <a few months later. 
The organization took place in the large upper room of the courl- 
house, where preaching was held by all denominations. 


Amount received .fL',()17.lL' 

Paid out 1,022.07 

The season was backward, and no ground was plowed before 
the 20th of April. For three weeks the ground was in good order 
for the plow, and corn planted before the 10th of May did well : 
but in May the windows of heaven were opened, and late-planted 
corn and hemp were failures. Hemp and wheat were covered by 
snow from November to April, Wheat was protected by the 
snow, but hemp did not rot until the spring rains; and then the 
weather was so wet that the h<Mnp could not be broken out. Much 
of it was left in the shock and lost. Throughout the wintei' one 
snow was added to another, and by si)ring fornunl a solid covering 
for the earth, a foot thick. Not half the corn was gathered before 
the snows commenced, and vast flocks of praii-ie-fowl from the 
west damaged the standing corn. 


Samuel and liircli were able and accommodating officers. A 
specific time was fixed for the settlers of each township to prove 
their preemptions. The settlers of each neighborhood went in a 
body, and there was no trouble to get witnesses to prove residence. 
A prescribed oath was taken, a neighbor was called to prove 
settlement, the money was paid in gold, silver, or Missouri 
bank-notes, and a certificate given that made the preemptioner 
a freeholder. There were but few controversies, and these 
generally were settled to the satisfaction of both parties. There 
was not an appeal from Platte County. It required .f.320,000 
to enter the lands of Platte, or .«;2,000.006 for the Platte Country. 
Fntil the Mexican War brought relief, I witnessed a state of 
awful pecuniary distress. Some of the settlers had money 
laid by to enter lands; but a greater number had to sacrifice their 
I»ersonal property to save their lands. Property had three prices: 
1st, trade or exchange price; 2d, currency price; and .?d, land- 
office money price. The unfavoi'able seasons of ISiP, and 1844 
added to the distress. In 184-S the county assessment of slaves 
and personal ])roperty, iucludiuu- notes and money, was only 
.^412,000. Land was not assessed. 

1843, -JUNE. 54 THE BURNETTS. 


June 1 — Heavy rains retarded agriculture. 

The Oregon emigrants, having gathered at Westport, organize 
by choosing Peter H. Burnett as captain, J. W. Nesmith orderly 
sergeant, and 9 councilmen. 


We will hear no more of Peter H. Burnett in the history of 
I'latte; and I cannot dismiss so honored a friend without a tribute 
to his merits. The whole family possessed talent, and a religious 
sentiment made them enthusiasts in every good cause. The 
enterprise,, hardihood, intelligence, and devotion of Peter H, Bur- 
nett have blessed and benefited four States of our Union, He 
was our first prosecuting attorney, and discharged the duties of 
his office W'ith marked success. He led the first overland expedi 
tion to Oregon, mid untold dangers, privations, and suffering; 
passed to California over a trackless wilderness, became the first 
governor of the newly acquired territory, and surrendered his 
office with clean hands and an unclouded name. He published 
"A Lawyer's Eeasons for .Joining the Catholic Church" in a neat 
volume; and in another volume, "An Old Pioneer.'' he has given 
sketches of his eventful life. His style is plain and simple, and 
his adventures are replete Avith interest. He died in San Fran- 
cisco May 18, 1895. I will give his genealogy: 

GEORGE BURNETT, the ancestor, was b. in Va,, Sept. 26, 
1770; went to Tenn.; m'd 1802. Dorothy (Dolly) Hardeman, b. in 
Tenn, May 15, 1786; d. in Platte ^March'lT, 1843. Issue: 

I. COKSTANTINA BURNETT, md 1st, Jas. M. Miller, who was 
killed by lightning, 1821, at Boonville. She m'd 2d, W. L, 
Smith, a merchant of Liberty. I knew him well. He was 
an accomplished gentleman. 
IL PETER HARDEMAN BT^RNETT. b. at Nashville, Tenn.. 
Nov. 15, 1807; d. in San Franscisco May 18, 1895; m'd a dr. 
of Judge Peter Rogers. I have already noticed him. Issue* 
L DirUjht J. Burnett. 2. Martha 'l. ?,. Romictfa. 
4. John. 5. Annlstcad. 6. Gallic C. iiurnctt. 
in. GLEN 0^yEN BURNETT, a Christian preacher. 
IV. GEO. \\"S\. P.URNETT. at one time constable of Carroll 
Township, Platte Countv. 
V. ELIZAP.ETH a. BURNETT, m'd 1st. in Clay Co.. Dr. Ware 
S. May, who d. in Nov.. 1847. Mrs. Max ]»ossessed beauty, 
spirit, virtue, and intelligence. Di*. ^lay was a pioneer 
])liysi(ian. and successful in his ]>ra(ti((\ Tlis fund of 
anocdoU's and his genial disposition, seasoned with mirth 
and luininr. made liim pojuihir with all classes. Yet he 
was not a ha]»iiy man. and in one of his sprees took mor- 
pliinc and died. Issue: 


1. George h'. Maij, lu'd Oct. 9, 1869, Miranda J. Waller, and 

went to Iowa. 

2. Marij C. Mail, ni'd May 27, 1858, Edwin R. Williams, b. 

Nov. 15, 1820. 
.'j. Dorothy [Dolli/), d.; ni"d Julv 27, l8(J(i. Oliver Todd. 
Ch: [«] George Todd; [b] Lizzie; ['] Millie. Mr. 
Todd will be noticed again. 

4. Susan May, m'd April 4, 18()r), Sani'l ('. Park. Cli: 

[«] Edward Park; [^] Bnrnett. 

5. Beiij. L. May. h. .June 17, 1841; d. April 24. 1882; m'd 

Sept. 28, i8(;5. .Marv A. Nieol, b.'April 4, 1840, a dr. 
of David Xicol. Cli: [«] Geo. E. May, b. 180(5: 
[b] David W., b. 1868; [c] Anna E., b. 1870; [d] Ben. 
W., b. 1872; and p] Frank, b. 1879. Dr. B. L. May 
studied medicine with his father, graduated at Belle- 
vue Medical College, settled at Barry, and became 
an eminent physician. From him May Township 
took its name. He died Aj)ril 24. 1882. His widow 
and children live at the old Nicol homestead. 

0. Eltaheth May, m'd May 10, 1866, Lee M. Williams, b. 

May 15, 184.S. son of William. 
Mrs. Elizabeth May, widow of Dr. W. S. May, afterwards 
m'd Kobert Pain. (See.) 
XL JAS. WHITE BI'RNETT, mVl Sarah Jane Turner, dr. of 

Elder Thomas Tui'uer. 
VIL MARY H. J. BURNETT, md IS.Ui Di-. Bcnj. S. Long. b. at 
Versailles. Ky.. Jan. 12. 1808; graduated at the medical de- 
partment of Transylvania T^niversitv in ]8.'^5. She d. in 
1848, and he d. May 1 1 , 1877. Ch : 

1. aror<jr ][. 2. lima B. ?,. James. 4. Mary A. 5. Har- 

i-'ict. 0. Louisa, who m'd John Fulton, of Parkville. 
\ IIT. THO]\L\S S. RFRXETT. a :\r. E. preacher. 

June G — Heavy rains have raised the streams. The I'latte and 
^[issouri are overflowing, and many bridges have been washed 
away, rut-worms are damaging corn. 

June 16 — The Steamer f'ol. Woods ( aine louud from Weston to 
Platte City, bringing as passcMigers E. S. Wilkinson and Isaac 
Carter. They met with no trouble on the way. The boat lay all 
night at the foot of ^Nfain Street. The town got (lrniil<. and d. P. 
Dori'iss slii]t])ed a hogshead of sugar to Xew Oi'lcans. 


July ■') — W. IT. Edgai- lakes out (averu lirensf for Platte City. 
His hotel was the Faylor log house, tliat stood wliei-e the Wells 
Bank now stands. 

j„j„ /o— Alkins & White, meichants of Platte City. fail, and 
Stephen -Tohnsou buys tlieii' storehouse, ou Lot 7. Block 25. for 

1843, JUIvY. 56 ST. JOSEPH. 

July 18 — Branham & McCausland buy Lot 6, Block 26, in 
l*]atte City, for |50. Here they built a frame store. 

Dudley Wells convicted of manslaughter in the fourth degree, 
and fined |1,000. 

The members of the bar recommend Allen McLane for regis- 
ter of the State land oifice at Savannah; but Nat Burrows receives 
the appointment. 

J nil/ 26 — St. Joseph was laid off in June, 1843, and named the 
2()th of July. The latter day is observed as Founders' Day. 


Aug. 4 — Letters are granted to Philip Walker on the estate of 
Daniel Varble. Ch: 1, Margaret Varble; 2, Henry; 3, James; 
4, Sallie; 5, Manon; 6, Jasper; 7, a daughter. 

Aug. 7 — Letters granted to G. D. Toole on the estate of Samuel 
Staggs. Bond, |6,000. Ch: 1, Samuel Staggs (ii), m'd May 29, 
1873, AdaM. Dooley. 

Aug. 13 — M. N. Owen buys land one mile west of Platte City. 

Auq. 19~J. H. and R. d!' Johnston buy the N. E. 1 of Sec. 9, 
T. 52, R. 34, for |800. 

Aug. 23 — H. D. Martin sells to Zadock and Jas. B. Martin his 
interest in the water mills at Platte City, and goes to Oregon. 

Jerry V. Cockrill sells to R. P. Gaines his hotel on Lot 12, 
Block 24, Platte City, for |3,000. 

At a special election, held the first Monday in this month. 
Lycurgus Shepard was chosen county surveyor in place of S. L. 
Leonard, resigned. 


Sept. 1 — Phinehas Skinner buys a large body of land near the 
Narrows, and, forming a partnership with Zabina Babcock, opens 
a country store. 

(?ept. 7 — Platte City incorporated with W. C. Remington, Phil. 
Lutes, John S. Porter, John Edwards, and W. E. Black as trustees. 


Get. 1 — Zadock Martin conveys to Platte County 24 acres in 
1he X. AV\ I of Sec. 36, T. 53, R. 35; Jesse Morin is appointed com- 
missioner, and lavs off an addition to Platte Citv, consisting of 
Blocks .35 to 41. 

The banks are resuming specie payments. 

Oct. 3 — Senator Lewis F. Linn dies at Ste. Genevieve, and 
.Indge D. R. Atchison is appointed to the vacancy. 

•ludge Hcndci'son ^'oung succeeds Atchison as circuit judge. 

Fielding and T'linton Cockrill buy farms two miles west of 
Platte City, and Felix G. Cockrill starts a store in Weston. 

Oct. f) — Judge Henderson Young holds circuit court. B. F. 
Loan is enrolled as an attorney. 

1843, OCT. 57 THE HUGHES. 

A Democratic meeting is bekl iii I 'hi He City with G. P, Dor- 
I'iss as chairman. Allen McLane and A. Jasper were appointed 
delegates to the Democratic State Convention. D. A. Sutton 
irouonnces Van Buren a broken-down horse, and Jesse Morin 
agrees with him; but 15. .M. Hughes, A. Jasper, and Capt. Andrew 
Johnson defended \'an l»uren. 

S. l*enn, editor of the St. Louis Reporter, attacks Benton 

Oct. 2.^ — Letters granted John Lewis on the estate of George 
Strouse. Strouse m'd a dr. of Abram ^Miller and left a son, who 
went to Kansas. 

Oct. 28 — The great naturalist, Audubon, jjasses down the 
Missouri, after a visit to the Yellowstone in the interest of science. 


Noi\ .'i — A lot is bought for the Line Creek Regular Baptist 
Church in N. W. \ of Sec. 10, T. 51, B. 33. 

Nov. 7 — R. P. Gaines takes out tavern license at Platte City. 
Letters are granted John Land on the estate of Leroy Stapp. 

D. R. Atchison left Weston for Washington. 

Nov. 25 — G. P. Dorriss buvs of J. H. Johnston the W. I of 
S. E. ^ of Sec. 36, T. 53, R. 35, for fGOO. 

Nov. 30 — J. G. Shultz sells to Dougherty & Swords his interest 
in the site of Latan. ]Much sickness prevails. 


Dec. J — John R. Hardin administered on the estate of G. W. 

Dec. 9—W. J. Norris buys the N. E. i of Sec. 18, T. 53, R. 35, on 
the road from Platte City to Weston, for |1,400. 

Dec. 14 — Died suddenly, while attending court at Plattsburg. 
Gen. Andrew S. Hughes. 

David Hughes w^as descend(Ml from Jesse Hughes, w^ho came 
to America from Wales, about 1730. David was b. in 1756, in 
Powhatan Co., Va.; came to Kentucky in 1785, settled in Mont- 
gomery Co., and d. in 1805. His ch: 1, William Hughes; 
2, James; 3, John; 4, Jesse; 5, Andrew S.; 6, David; 7, a dr., m'd 
Ben Bowen, and was mother of Elizabeth C. Bowen, wife of J. J. 
Throckmorton. Of these children we shall notice only 

Who was b. in Montgomery Co.. Ky., Feb. 0. 1789; d. at Plattsburg 
Dec. 0, 1813. His motlier was Margaret Frame, b. 1758, a dr. of 
David Frame. After attending the best schools of his day, he 
i-ead law, and practiced in the counties of northern Kentucky. 
He m'd Dec. 20, 1814, Rhoda Dent Metcalfe, b. Feb. 28, 1789, in 


Fayette Co., Kv. In 1829 he came to Clay Co., Mo., and for some 
years was an agent for the Sacs and Foxes, and was stationed at 
the ford of Platte Eiver, east of Blacksnake Hills. He was 
active in having the Platte Purchase attached to Missouri. While 
in Kentucky, he represented Bracken and Nicholas counties in the 
State Senate for two terms. When I knew him, he was a bustling, 
genial, and generous-hearted old gentleman. He knew every- 
body, told a good story, and was very influential with a jury. He 
had but one child: 

I. BELA METCALFE HUGHES, b. at Carlisle, Ky., April G, 
1817; educated at Augusta College; he studied law and 
practiced in Platte County; he was a brigadier-general of 
militia, register of the land office at Plattsburg, represented 
Platte in the State Legislature, and went west. He now 
resides in Denver, a hale and happv old gentleman. He 
m'd Jan. 9, 1838, Catherine Xeal. b. Aug. 20, 1820; d. Sept 
6,1844. Ch: 

1. Mari/ C. Hughes, b. March 27. 1842. 

2. Andreir S. fii). b. Dec. 19, 184,3. 

Gen. B. M. Hughes m'd 2d. in June. 1849. Laura L. Allen, 
dr. of Tandy Allen, of Bourbon Co.. Ky. Ch : . 

3. Jessie C. Hughes, b. May 21. 1851. 

4. Edith A., b. June 17, 1852. 

5. Georgkina. b. June 11. 1854. 
n. Tanfhj A., b. March 17. 1860. 


Are one of the most distinguished families of Kentucky. A 
volume would b'^ required to record their honors, in both civil 
and military life. We can only give the lineage of Mrs. Rhoda 
D. (Hughes I ^letcalfe: 

L FBAXCTS :\rETCALFE. of Yorksliiro. England: His son. 
TL JOHN :\1ETCALFE. rame to Virginia about 1760: His son. 
in. JOHN :METCALFE. b. in Fauquier Co.. Va.. in 1780. came 
Avith his parents to Kentucky, in 1784. His ch. were: 

1. Thomtts Metealfe. the okl ''Stonehammer." governor 

of Kentucky. 

2. Brla. 3. f^arah. 4. J.iici/. ."). mnxla D. 

TV. "RHODA DENT :\rETrALFE. m'd Cen. Androw S. Hughes. 
V. BELA :\r. TTrr.HES. of Denver. 


Dif'd about August, 1843. He was the father of a large family of 
iliiUlren. most of whom will bo iKU'eaftei- uotircd. He was a son 
of Samuel Browu (ii. and was b. in Kentucky in 1782. He m'd 

Ann . and his administrator thus ennmei-atos his ch: 

1. William Brown (u)\ 2. .\dam C. ; 3. Susanna, wife of Samuel 
Brown Ciii); 4. Aroh'd; 5. Thomas: 6. The ch. of Mrs. Thomas 
AfolxM-ly as follows: ["] Newton Aroberly: [''] Susan, wife of 

1844, JUNE. 59 MARRIAGES. 

0. K. Baruett; ['] Naucy, wife of ^Vnl. Chandler; [<^] Aun; 
p] Elizabeth; \l\ Mary; [y] Jas. Moberly. 7, Ch. of Mrs. Scollin. 


Januan' 1, Thos. Allen m'd Sidney Ann Drais. 
January' 10, G. W. Dye m'd Louisa Ha^iie. 
February 2. G. A. Crobarger m'd Elizabeth Cooper. 
February 10. K. C. C. Oiay m'd Susan M. Hart. 
February 10. Thos. A. Dye m'd Luciuda Cook, 
^larch .'), C. F. Robertson m'd Klizabeth I'ssary. 
•hnic 8. Wvn Sim])sou m'd Nancy Cooper. 
June IT). JJrookinii' -letlei's m'd Cath. Ellsworth. 


Governor, Thos. Keynolds; Circuit Judge, Henderson Young; 
County Justices, Lewis. Kuykendall. and Hughes; Sheriff, J. H. 
Owen; Treasurer, F. Marshall; Public Administrator. Robt. Pat- 
ton; State Senator, And. Johnson; Representatives, B. Allen and 
J. A. White; Circuit Clerk. Jesse Morin; County Clerk. J. H. 
Johnston; Circuit Attorney, Jas. Craig; Assessor. W. C. Horn 
ingtou; Surveyor, L. Shepard. 


At Platte City: Attorneys— W. B. Almond, J. H. Baldwin, 
R. 1*. Clark, J. R. Hardin, I. N. Jones, W. C. Jones, S. L, Leonard, 
J. E. Pitt, J. G. Spratt, Jas. S. Thomas, W. P. Hall, John Wilson. 

Physicians — Drs. Baldwin, Clarke, Marshall, Callahan, 

Merchants, etc. — Wm. Lrown, G. I*. Dorriss, L. Fleshman, 
H. P. Kutchenthall. J. IT. Johnston (postmaster). Stev. Johnston. 
R. D. Johnston, ^McCausland <Vc Branham, J. D. Murray, Ferguys' 
& Rauson, G. W. Samuel, Z. Martin & Son, R. P. (iaines. Elisha 
Green, L. Tracy, W. C. Remington, Wm. H. Spratt, B. R. Morton. 

At Weston: Attorneys— L. D. Bird, Bela M. Hughes, J. R. 
Tylee, H. J. Wolf. 

Physicians — 15. r.onifaul. Jos. Malin. J. M. Fulton. 

Merchants, eic — P. P.lanjour, F. G. Cockrill, E. Cody, Ben 
Holladav, W. S. :\ruri.hy. A. Gilbert, W. G. Noble. G. P. Post. C. A. 
and E. W. Perry. T. F. Warner. D. P. Wallingford. Richie & 
driller. J. P. Georgens. James Osborn. C. P. W(Mitworth, Ben 
AVood. Kailey & Pro. 


jqn^ 2 — The will of Wm. Si)enceT-. dated October 7. 1843. is 
jtrobated. His wife. Nancy, (pialifics as executrix. 

1844, JAN. 60 BUSINESS. 

Jan. 6 — Capt. Win. Triplett buys land two miles north of 
Platte City. 

Heavy rains. 

Jan. 8 — Democratic meeting at Platte City, nominate Van 

Jan. 23 — Elisba Green buys of Ira jS^orris the S. E. | of Sec. 
30, T. 53, R. 35, adjoining Platte City, for |1,600. 


Feb. 9 — Governor Reynolds commits suicide, and is succeeded 
by Lieutenant-Governor Marmaduke. 
Bond, 11,500. 

Feb. 24 — Hugh Swaney buys land five miles east of Platte 


Feb. 14 — John R. Hardin, administrator of Dr. J. H. McFalL 

March 1 — Nelson Faulconer buys the N. E. ^ of Sec. 13, T. 51, 
R. 34, at 11,400. 

Democrats in State Convention, nominated J. C. Edwards, 
for governor, in place of Reynolds, deceased. The Democratic 
party is divided into "Hards'' for Benton, and ''Softs" against him. 

Allen McLane buys the Eagle of Wilkinson, and, bringing the 
press and type to Platte City, issues the Platte Argus. He goes to 
St. Louis to purchase paper and new tvpe. 

Andrew Tribble buys the N. E. \ of Sec. 3, T. 52, R. 35, for 

March 6 — Baptist Church at Ridgely organized. 

March 26 — Thompson T. Jones buys land three miles east of 
Platte City. > 


April 3 — The county court orders Commissioner Morin to lay 
off an addition to Platte City on the 24 acres deeded to the county 
by Z. Martin, and sell the lots publicly. 

The court orders the bridge commissioner (Sutton) to let out 
the construction of aprons for the Platte City bridge. The court 
demanded of Mercer, the contractor, that he build the approaches 
to the bridge under his contract to build the bridge — but this 
]»oint was given up. 

April 78— The first plat of Parkville filed, by Geo. S. Park. 
He had already sold lots, but had not conveyed them. 


Ma, I /—Revenue collected, |3,G50.52; expended, |3,472.30. 
The county levy is 50 cents on the |100. 

Assessment, lands |576,000.00 

Assessment, personalty, notes, and money 709,076.00 

Total 11,285,076.00 



This spring', a gang of desperadoes, chiefly from Clay County, 
went west on the Santa V6 Trail, and met the train of Jarvis, a 
>[exican, coming with money to buy goods at Independence. 
After killing Jarvis, they robbed the train of a large amount of 
money and everj^thing valuable. The peri)etrators of this crime 
bragged of their success, and it was found that other men of good 
standing liad furnished the outfit, and had shared in the booty, 
lirown, a saloon-keeper at Hell-Town (Ridgely), and McDaniel, a 
son of a worthy farmer of Clay, were apprehended, tried in a 
Federal court, convicted, and hung. Quite a number implicated 
suddenly disajipeared. 

The first number of the Platte Argus is issued at Platte City 
by Martin L. Harden, publisher, and Allen McLane, editor. 

The United Baptist Church of Pleasant Ridge buys an acre of 
land at the center of Sec. 5, T. .5.'>, R. ;^5. and builds a brick cliurch. 

Henry Clay is nominated, at Baltimore, by the Whigs, for 
President; and James K. Polk is nominated May 27th. by the 


For long distances, is now, for letters 2.5 cents. 

^fay 30, 1845, reduced to 12i cents. 

May 2, 1846, reduced to lO" cents. 

May 23 — Congress passes an act granting preemption to 
trustees for tow^n sites. Under an enabling act of the State Leg- 
islature, Weston entered its site and sohl lots. 

Incessant rain. 


June 6— John Linville's will i)robated. dated March 28, 1844. 
His widow was Nancv, and his children: 1, Nancy; 2. William; 
.n. Robt. S.; 4, John'B.; 5. Ricliard B.; 0. Jubal; 7. Henry H. 


For several weeks, this month, the ^Missouri and Platte 
rivers spread from bluff to bluff, driving out to the hills families 
and their stock. The site of the town of Tracy was covered. This 
is the only flood ever known to cover the highest grounds in the 
Missouri bottoms. The overflows of 1858 and 1881 left some 
ground above the water. The Indians have no tradition of 
its equal. The great rise of 1820 was 4 feet lower. That of 
1858 was ^ feet lower. The Plalte kept ]iace with tlie ^Missouri in 
every great rise. I liad mai-ks in the old mill at Platte City, of the 
overflows of 1844. 1858. and 1881. The waters in 1844 were 20 
inches higher than 1858, and tlie waters in 1858 have never since 
been reached by 2 feet. The ^Ijssissippi River attained its great- 
est elevation at St. Louis. -Tune 24th. It was then 7 feet 7 inches 
above the citv directrix. The overflow of 1844 is an era in our 

1844, JUNE. 62 HIGH WATERS. 

history. Sickness, especially chills and fevers, followed the over- 
How, and the mortality was fearful. The people were discour- 
aged. Their fields were overgrown with weeds, the furrows were 
running with water, the land sales had exhausted their money, 
and to the failure of their crops, sickness is added. With faint- 
ing hearts, they stood upon the bluffs and cast tearful eyes upon 
tlie dismal and ruinous waters, 

Jwie l-'i — The floods are at their height. 

June 16 — John Austin is appointed administrator of Milton J. 
iJyram, Bond, |20,000. He came from Lewis Co., Ky., and settled 
near latan. He was a handsome, courteous gentleman. He m'd 
1st, a Watkins. who died, leaving : 1, Wm. P, Byram ; 2, Almarinda 
R. wife of John J. Young; .3, Jas. G. Byram; 4, Milton J. Byram, 
Jr. Mr. Byram then m'd Margaret Lay, b. in Woodford Co., Ky., 
May 10, 1819. who bore him, 5, Susan J. Byram. His widow, 
Margaret (Lay) Byram, m'd 2d, Nov. 5, 1816, Arnold Blythe, born 
in Fayette Co., K,y., May 10, 1815. He was a son of Sam'l Blythe 
and Jemima Lay, and settled in Marshall Township in 1844, He is 
wealthy, and possesses much land. Their ch: 

L MARY BLYTHE, a lovely and interesting girl, was educated 
by Prof. H. B. Todd, and m'd W. W. Goodwin, of Memphis, 
n. SARAH J. BLYTHE, m'd in 1879 Jessie Force, of St. Joseph, 
son of Daniel Force and sister of Maud, wife of W. F. Nor- 
ton. Ch: 

1, Arnold D. Bh/thc. Jr. 2. Samn. P>. Nellie. 

June 25 — Geo. B. Sanderson buys a large body of land be- 
tween Weston and Platte City. 

Continued high water in the Platte tempted several steamers 
to ascend the river to Platte City. Among these steamers were 
1he Col. Woods, the Anauxm, and the Lexington. A small steamer 
subsequently sank in the woods below the Falls and a man named 
Hutchinson lost all he had on her. The visit of these steamboats 
j'xcited the visionary people, and, for some years, it was thought 
Platte City was destined to become an important seaport. 
Ground for a wharf was reserved,''an act was passed to lock and 
dam the stream, and a company was formed which bought the 
steamer Haidee, and with Anderson Martin as captain, Jas. S. 
Thomas as clerk, and John Bane as mate, ran the Missouri for a 
few years, but never ventured into the Platte. 


Juhi 1 — Theo.F. Warner buys land at Rialto and starts a store. 
John B. Wells is running the Rialto ferry. The rivers are still 

July 5 — Philip Lutes, who has l»een living in the country, buys 
Lot 10, Block 22, Platte City, wliicli for long years was the family 

1844, J UIvY. 63 THE SILVEYS. 

.////// IS — Aiidicw Tribblc, adiiiinistrator of Wm. Markwell. 
liond, |4,0UU. 

Though the hemp crop was damaged by rain, it is estimated 
that it bionglit 180,000 to the I'Oiiiity. 


AiKj. 1 — The rampaigu of the ''Hards" and the "Softs" re- 
sulted in a victory for Benton. Edwards was chosen governor. 
W. Jj. Almond ran for lieutenant-governor, as a "Soft,'' and was 

The total vote for I'resideut: 

For James K. Polk, Democratic 1,325,013 

For Henry Clay, Whig 1,231,643 

For Jas. IJirney 66,304 

Bela M. Huglies and Achilles Jasper were chosen to repre- 
sent Platte in the Legislature. 

Jas. Kuykendall was chosen sheriff; D. P. Lewis, H. B. Mayo, 
and John Freeland were chosen county justices; W. C, Remington 
assessor; L. Shepard surveyor, Kobt. Ellis was elected State 


kiept. 3 — The newly elected county justices, Lewis, Mayo, and 
Freeland, take their seats. 

Sept. 4 — Samuel Brown's will probated, dated January 8, 1838. 
His widow is Susanna, and their ch : 1, Sashel Brown ; 2, Robt. S„ 
m'd March 13, 1802, Eliz. S. Duncan; 3, Towusend F. Brown, m'd 
Dec. 10, 1855, Mary Tolson; 4, James; 5, Samuel (ii); 6, Wm. ; 
7, Josiah; 8, Frances, nrd May 13, 1858, Ben F. Kimsfey; 9, Eliza- 
beth, m'd Jones Hoy; 10, Nancy, m'd Fugate. These children 
become heads of large families, and will be hereafter noticed. 

Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, near Camden Point, or- 


Oct. 9 — Ben Simpson, administrator of Sam'l Kimsev. Bond, 

Oct. 15 — Lucretia Gordon, administratrix of W^m. Gordon. 
Bond, $10,000. His will was dated August 14, 1841, and probated 
October 14, 1844. The}' were parents of Silas Gordon, the guer- 
rilla, of Mrs, Dr. Holt, and others. (See Lucretia Gordon.) 


]Vor. 4 — T^ttcy Silvey (widow) administers on the estate of 
James Silvey. Bond, |800. 

James and Lucy Silvey came from St. Charles Co., Mo., about 
1840, leaving some of their children there. They settled near 
Smithville. James d. in 1844, but Lucy survived him many years. 

1844, DEC. 64 THE BENNERS. 

I. DARIUS SILVEY, was a mercliant in Parkville, and a man 
of integrity. He m'd Lucy Boone, a niece of Dan'l Boone, 
the great pioneer. He d. Dec. 1, 1852, and T. H. Starnes 
administered, giving bond for |2,400. His ch. were: 

1. Ann Eliza Silvey, m'd Alfred Winter. 

2. Malinda, m'd May 28, 1872, D. D. Buie. 

3. Wm. B. Silvey. L Jane Silvey. 

5. Lucy B. Silvey, m'd Jan. 6, 1857, Alf. Owens. 

6. Thos. Silvey. 

7. Martha C. Silvey, m'd January 5, 1857, John M. Martin. 
These seven children all died childless and Darius 

Silvey's family is extinct. 
II. ELIJAH SILVEY, m'd Susa S. Brown and went to California. 
in. CASSANDRA, m'd Mont. Trimble, of Denver. 
IV. PHCEBE E., m'd Mounce Bvrd, Jr. 1 ch., Alfred. 

V. JOHN, m'd Mel. Stewart, of St. Charles. 
VL MALINDA, m'd Boone Calloway, of St. Charles. 
Vn. MARTHA A., m'd John McFall and moved to Arizona. 
Vni. JAMES MADISON SILVEY, b. April 10, 1828; m'd May 10, 
1860, Harriet Warfield. She d. Nov. 28, 1891. Mr. Silvey 
is one of the solid men of the county. He is an intelligent 
and prosperous farmer. He lives seven miles east of 
Platte City. Ch: 

1. Jeff. J. Silvey, m'd December 18, 1S84. Nancy K. Wal- 

ler, dr. of Abs. Waller. Ch: \'^i'\ Solon: Pl Jas. 
M. (ii) ; p] a babe. 

2. Elijah SUvey (ii), b. Nov. 10, 186^; m"d Feb. 20, 1885, 

Virginia Kindred, dr. of Joshua. Ch: pi Mabel; 
['^1 Bvrd. 
H. Liiella Silvei/, m'd Feb. 22, 1888, W. H. Barnard. Ch: 
p] Silvey; p] Carrie. 

4. Byrd Silvey. 

5. Hattir Silrei/. m'd Oct. 1.8, 1889, Henrv H. Brooks. 

n. Gpo/Y//«.m"dDer. 14. 1887, John R.Lott. Ch: p] Byrd 


Dec. .'i — Prices: At the sale of the personal property of Wil- 
liam Gordan, deceased, the following prices were obtained: Large 
hogs, %1.m; sheep, 11.10: mares, |20. |40; horses, |25; oxen, 
><9.10; cows. .|!8.55; heifers, !i|!4; steers, |4..80; calves, %1\ small 
hogs, 00 cents. At the appraisement of Jas. Silvey's personalty, 
property was rated as follows: Horses. .^20; sheep. %\: cows, 
>*.1. These prices ruled until the Mexican War. 


In 1844, Niclinhis lU'nncr. a German, and his wife, Martha, 
settled at Weston, and still live there. Theii' children are highly 
• onnected, and are as follows: 

Ifi45, JAN. 65 BUSINESS. 

T. .lACOll IJENXEK, I), iu Weston NovcMuber 28, 1846; m'd 
Maiclu 1870, Aunio Bland, b. Jan. 8, 1850. Ch : 
1. John. 2. Louise. 8. AUiv. 4. IV w. 
II. .1. W. BEXXEK. niM -Ian. 27. 1802. Stella Allisi.n. 
IV.ELIZ. BEXXER, ni\l -loiia. Bonncll. 

V. EMMA BEXXEK. ni'd Oct. 11. 1S77. Oscar B. Mitchell. 
VI. rilAS. BEXXER. iifd .Ian. 27. 188.5, Annie Kunipel. dr. of 

VIT. .AIARY BEXXER, ni"d Oct. 24, 18G5, Sam'l Risk, son of 
Elkanah. He served a. year in the Sonthern army. Ch: 
1. Wni.E.Ri.'^k. 2. B.F.Rifil: .3. Emwa M. 4. Marf/ E. 


IX. LYDIA A. BEXXER, m'd .Ian. 27, 1880. J. ^V. Lavton. Ch: 

1. Estill. 2. Claude. l\. Elvira. 4. Chas. C. 5. Chris. C. 


April 7, Francis Brown m'd Nancy Bell. 
X'overaber 25, G. B. Sanderson m'd Pollen Johnson. 



Governor. -John C. Edwards; Representatives, A. Jasper and 
Th. Ward; Circnit Jndge, S. L. Leonard; Sheriff, Jas. Kuyken- 
dall; Connty Jnstices, Lewis, Mayo, and Freeland; Snrveyor, L. 
Shepard; (Mrcuit Attorney, Jas. Craig; Circuit Clerk. Jesse 
Morin; County Clerk, J. H. Johnston; Treasurer, F. Marshall; 
Public Administrator, R. Patton. 

Judge Henderson Young had resigned, and S. L. Leonard 
had been appointed to his place. B. M. Hughes had resigned as 
representative, and Gen. T. Ward had been elected at a special 


-1 1 Platte Citji: Attorneys — Almond, Baldwin. Clark, Hardin, 
Jones, Pitt. S]>ratt, Thomas, A'ories. ^^'ils()n. 

Physicians — Baldwin, Clarke. ^larsliall. Benton, Lancaster, 
Callahan, Shrock. 

Merchants, etc. — Branham & McCausland, Brown, Dorriss Sz 
Johnston, Fleshman, S. Johnston, R. D. Johnston, Kutchenthall, 
Samuel, Murray, J. H. Johnston (postmaster). Green, Edgar, 
Gaines, ^faitin & Son. ^lorton. Black & Dixon. Tracy. 

-4/ TTV.S-/0//; Attorneys — Bird, Buines. Hughes, Tylee, Wolf. 

Physicians — Bonifant. Bow(n's. ^lalin. Fulton. 

Merchants, etc.— P. Blanjour. F. O. CcM-krill. E. Cody, Ben 
Holladay (postmaster), W. S.":\luii.liy. A. Cilbert. W. G. Noble. 

1845, JAN. 66 THE HOYS. 

(j. P. Post, Peri'YS & Young, Raileys, Georgens, Osborn, Warner, 
Walliugford, Wentwortb, Wood, Basye, Cliadwick, Fellows, 
Middleton, Bell & Venable. 

At ParJcville: Geo. S. Park, Summers & Hord, Bar, Sisk, 
D. Silvey, Bueneman. 

He was born in Estill Co., Ky., May 1, 1773; and d. in Platte 
Jan. 8, 1845. He m'd in Ky., Eliz. Brown, dr. of Samuel. (See.) 
Sbe was b, April 7, 1778. Tbey came, as early as 1815, to Howard 
Co., Mo., wbere tbey incurred privations, and dangers from In- 
dians, In 1837 tbey came, witb a large emigration of Browns, 
Woods, etc., and settled a few miles nortb of Parkville. Tbe 
settlement was known as Brown Town. By wdll, be gave all be 
bad to bis wife, Sbe d. in 1856, and I administered, Tbe estate 
was large, and tbe beirs numerous. Tbeir cbildren were: 

I. SAMUEL B. HOY, b. Sept. 13, 1806, in Kentucky; removed 
to Howard Co., Mo., witb bis parents, in 1815; m'd Dec, 27, 
1836, Mary Ann Burton, dr, of Jas, Sbe was b, Dec, 16, 
1815, in Henry Co,, Ky, After ber deatb, be m'd 2d, Mrs, 
M, L, Watts, July, 1865. Mr. Hoy came, in 1837, to Platte, 
witb bis parents, and settled in tbe same neigbborbood. 
He was a jovial and companionable gentleman, and pos- 
sessed sound judgment and abilitv. His cb: 

1, Bettie Hoij, b, June 29, 1848; m'd Marcb 5, 1874, Tbos, 

L, Moore. 

2, May Eoy, b, Feb, 5, 1856 ; m'd Feb, 18, 1877, Mortimer 

M. Miller, b. Nov, 1, 1849, He is a son of tbe late 
Capt, Warner J, Miller, and is a successful farmer, 
residing near Settle, Mrs, Miller is a bandsome and 
spirited ladv, Cb: [«] Mabel L, Miller; ['^] ^lort. 
M, (ii) ; [c] Robt, T. 

3, Lydia Hoy. b, Feb, 8, 1853; m'd Sept. 12, 1878, G. W. 

Rixey; 7 cb, (See.) 

4, Nannie Hoy, b, March 3, 1840; m'd Sept, 18, 1878, Cbas, 

Clarke, son of Edw, No cb, 

5, Ron-land Hoy, b. Aug. 10, 1838; m'd Sept. 18, 1866, Belle 

L. Anderson. Tbev live in Colo. 

6, Liithcr Hoy, b. July 24. 1843; m.'d Feb. 14. 1875, Lou 

P.rown. dr. of Frank. Tbev live in California. 

7, Uoht. Hon, b. Dec. 16, 1850; d.'. single. June 30. 1883, 
ir. \VlLLTA:\r hoy, l.. I8O6; m'd Addie McQuiddie. Cb: 

1. Bcnl Hon, m'd Laura Hackler, Cb: ["] William; 

['>! ^lyrtle, 

2. Riifuft, lives near Artesian S])rings. 

3. }[aft}r Hoy, m'd Sept. 1. 1881. Huntley Summers, of St. 

Louis. Cb: f'^] Cbaiis; \'j] Addio Summers. 

4. Join) Hoy. 

5. Leora, m'd :Marcb 23, 1880, David Strang, of Bates Co. 

1845, JAN. 67 THE HOYS. 

6. WiHiani, in'd Abbie Higgins, (h-. of LitUcbiirv. Ch: 

["J Edith; [''] Ueuj. 

7. Katie, m'd Feb. 14, 1888, Lewis \V. Morrow. No ch. 

8. i^trother Hoy (ii), b. Oct. 11, 1807; ni'd Oct. 7, 189G, 

Miiitie Turuer. 
HI. FANNIE HOy, m'd Merrymaii Pembertou, ^She d. in 1852. 
Children : 

1. Alhro Pcinlxrfoii^ d. in Arlv, 2. Stephen. 'A. Williani T. 
' 4. SSaUk Pviiibciion, m'd .June 21, 1S0(;, Rev. Asa L. Bird. 
2 ch. 

5. Pn/or Pciiibcrton, m'd July 10, 1S70, Viro-. Offutt. 

6. Martha. 7. Fannie, m'd Thompson. 
8. Marji F., m'd May Burton. 

IV. DOSHA HOY. was the 1st wife of Patrick Cooper. She d. 
1857. Ch : 

1. Bcttir Cooper, m'd Sam. B. Tolson. 2 ch: |«] Polly; 

\''] Dosha. They live in California. 

2. Hoi/ Cooper. 

3. Stephen Cooper, b. 1830 ; m'd Nancy Hooper. 

4. Jofieph Cooper, married and died, leavino; 8 ch. 

5. Naneij Cooper, married and died, leavinji (I ch. 

6. Susan Cooper, m'd a Carson, and left 2 ch. 

After the death of the first Mrs. Cooper, Patrick Cooper 
married her sister, 
V. ALGIVA HOY. No children. Mr. Cooper returned to 
Howard County. He was genial and jovial, and spent 
much of his time in town. 

VI. NANCY HOY. m'd Hendley Cooper. They lived in Howard 


VII. RFFUS HOY, went to California. 

Vn. STROTHER HOY, b. in Estill Co., Ky., -Tune 18, 1824; d. in 
Platte Nov. 29, 1892, He went with Gen. Doniphan to 
Mexico, and after spending some years in the West, re- 
turned, and m'd April 3, 1850, Margaret Ilazlerigg. sister 
of Mrs. W. C. White and of ^fi's. W. J. Summers. During 
the war, he went to ^fontana. and returned after eighteen 
years. He was highly esteemed as a gonlleman of inteijrity. 
His wMdow lives with her sister. Mi's. \\niil<'. in IMatte 
Citv. No ch. 

IX. MARY E. HOY. m'd March 27, 1800, Milton P. Thompson, 
of Clav. They removed to Bates County. 
X. :^rARTIiA HoS', d. Oct. 24. 1890; m'd Dec. 22, 18.59. C.rau- 
ville L. Brightwell. son of Waller L. They live near 
Hampton. Ch: 

1. Waller L. Brif/hiirell (ii). 

2. Afla, m'd Jas. B. Ferrel. Ch : [^'] Benj.; f*] Nannie 


3. Permelia Brifjhtirell, m'd .Tames W. Thomas. Ch: 

[c] Lurena Thomas. 

1845, JAN. 68 E. H. NORTON. 


4. Henry BrlgMiceU. 5. Xauidc. (5. Samuel. 

XL J. CALLOWAY HOY, d., single, 1804. 

XIL ROBERT HOY, d. after marriage, in California. No ch. 

Jan. 8 — Elijah H. Norton this day arrived in Platte City. The 
Democrats were holding their 8th of January meeting. Gen. 
Thompson Ward was in the chair. Jesse Morin was the chief 

Many are j^reparing to go to Oregon. Prominent amon^- the 
emigrants are Wm. J., F. B., and H. D. Martin. 

Rev. Charles D. Herbert is preaching for the Presbyterian 
Chnrch in Parkville. 

Kansas City is laid off into lots and blocks this year. 

The M. E. Church at Ridgely is organized by the Ellingtons, 
Graysons, Mayos, et ah 

G. W. Goodlander is appointed public administrator. 

The aprons of the Platte City bridge are complete, and the 
public are using the bridge. 

Jan. iO— Wm. R. Bane takes out tavern license at Platte City. 

Jan. 22 — Nebraska Lodge, No. 12. I. O. O. P., is chartered at 
Platte City. 

Jan. 2Ji — Platte City is incorporated by the Legislature. 


Feh. 4 — Wm. Conway is appointed administrator of Miles 
Keeton. Bond, $1,200. 

Fel). 8 — Joshua Noland is appointed administrator of Obed 
Noland (i). Bond, |1,400. 

FeJ). 10 — Bela M. Hughes having resigned as representative, 
a special election is held this day, and Thompson Ward is chosen 
over Elisha Green. 


March 1 — The winter has been delightful — almost summer. 

The new bridge over Bee Creek, on the lower road, is now 

The county court authorizes the upper room in the court- 
house to be used for preaching. It has long been so used, but 
without authority. 

March 10 — Ram'l ]\IcAdow administers on the estate of H. B. 

Zenar Collins buvs the E. I of the N. W. J of Sec. 28, T. 
5a, R. ,'>,4. 

March 29— Jolm Ferrier buvs Lot 11, Block .32, Platte Citv, 
for ^34. 


April 8 — Circuit Court: Judge Leonard presiding, Morin 
clerk, Kuykendall sheriff, and Jas. Craig circuit attorney. 


\Mlliain (Tiibbevt buys the 8. W. i of Sec. 31, T. 54, K. 35, foi- 

Zadoc'k Mai-tin sells his half interest in the Platte Cit}' Water 
Mills, to his sou, G. B. Martin, for |!i),000, and the old man goes 
with several of his sous to Oregon. He could not stand civili 

April 9 — Hail storm and heavy frost injure fruit. Spring 


April 12 — Through the courtesy of Mr. J. B. Mundy, T am 
permitted to examine the Ai-(jiis of this date. It is Vol. I., No. 4!); 
showing that the first number was issued in May, 1844. Prior to 
that time it was called the Eagle. It is published by Martin L. 
Hardin, with Allen McLane as editor. 


The first two columns are from the Missourian and the Cou- 
rier, deploring tlip rejection, by the State Senate, of the appoint- 
ment of Allen McLane as register of the State land office at 
Savannah. Mr. ^IcLane is extolled, and his qualifications com 
mended ; but ah ! he was a Benton man. 

The 8th Senatorial District, composed of Clay, Ray, and 
Platte, has 14,421 free white males — more than any other district 
in the State, except St, Louis. The districting bill was passed by 
the last Legislature. 

The controversy with England over the northwest boundai'y 
is the chief topic of discussion. The war-cry is "54° 40' or fight!" 
The message of President Tyler, declining to make ])ublic tlie 
correspondence with the Bi-itish minister, is printed. 

(t. p. Post, of Weston, at the last election of officers of the 
Lexington Branch of the Bank of Missouri, was chosen a director. 

Many are starting to Oregon. H. D. Martin is president of the 
Emigration Company. 

A Democratic meeting at the court-house is called for- the 14th 
of Api-il, signed by 150 names, to express condemnation for 
McLane's rejection as register. 

Among the Platte City signers are: W. B. Almond, W. C. 
Bates, J. H. Baldwin, J. C. Brady, John Bi'vant, Ham]). Brown. 
Mich'l Byrd, 0. P. Doriiss, Henry and Jolin Freeland. Abe and 
Wm. Hartman, R. P. Gaines, J. H. Johnston, W. R. Kelly, H. P. 
Kutchenthall. John Kuykendall, D. P. Lewis, Phil. Lutes. J. B. 
]\rartin. T. W. ^leicer. Ji-sse ^Morin, J. D. Murray, Ira Norris, A. B. 
Sherwood, T'lias. Wells. E. S. Wilkinson. 

From Weston are: N. J. A lexander, J. G. Bell. Lewis Calvert, 
Smith Calvert, T. S. Dabnev, Jas. Fei-guys. Ben Ilolladay. B. M. 
Hughes, E. Cody, R. P. S. Elley, Jo. HoUaday, G. W. Hood. Jo. 
Malin. W. J. Norris. John Owens. Thos. E. Jordan. G. P. Post. 
J. C. Ranson. R. G. Stevens, J. R. Tvlee. J. B. Wells. C R. Went- 

1845, APRIL. 70 THE "ARGUS." 

Avorth. Here we find the "Hard" or Benton branch of the Demo- 
cratic party. 

The marriages of Dr. Wm. Baldwin and Miss Ann Johnson 
and of A, B. Sherwood and Miss Sidonia Gaines are announced 
as occurring April 6th. Elder Thos. Turner was the adminis- 

Robert Brown, executor of Sam'l Brown, gives notice that on 
the 19th instant he will sell, publicly, at the court-house, the slaves 
of the deceased. 

A list of 140 letters is published, as remaining in the post- 
office at Platte City, by J. H. Johnston, postmaster. At that day 
every letter in the office at the end of the quarter was published. 
Among the names are : W. B. Almond, David Bruton, Z. Babcock, 
Jacob Boydston. Isaac Cotton, Bradley Cox, E. M. Dobson, Stev. 
English, Israel Heath, Rev. S. P. Heath, Free B. Jones, Daniel 
King, Phil. Lutes, S. L. Leonard, Elijah Morgan, Alex. Reed, Amos 
Riley, M. V. Snell, W. H. Speed. Barnet Sisk, J. P. Srite, Phin. 
Skinner, Jeff. Walls. 

Legal advertisements from Clinton, Buchanan, and even from 
Clay, appear. 

The editor announces that |3 will be charged subscribers not 
paying in advance. 

Philip Lutes advertises a sale of furniture at auction. 

Michael Bjrd advertises a likely negro girl for sale, publicly. 

Stephen Johnston advertises dry goods, shoes, clothing, etc. 

McCurdy & Norton advertise as attorneys. 

Dorriss & Johnston advertise as general merchants. 

Nat Burrows advertises as an attorney at Weston, dated 
August .3, 1844. 

The law authorizing a Constitutional Convention, approved 
February 26, 184.3, is printed. 

The Mari/ Tompkins and the lone advertise regular trips be- 
tween St. Louis and St. Joseph. 

April io— E. H. Norton, S. P. S. McCurdy, and H. M. Yories 
are enrolled as attorneys. 

The Presbyterian Church at Parkville is organized, by 
E. Wright, of Weston. The first members were: G. S. Park, 
R. A. I'arsons, H. Penick and wife, and R. G. Stevens and wife. 


Mfii/ I — Judge Henderson Young, having resigned, S. L. 
T>eonard is ajipointed in his place as circuit judge. 

Allen McLane and family visit the McLane homestead in 
Delaware. Their servant i.s stolen by Abolitionists. 

Mail .S — .Tohn R. Hardin sells his Platte City property, and 
removes to Weston. S. J. Lowe settles in Weston and becomes a 
mercliant and Baptist preacher. 

1845, MAY. 71 JUDGE S. L. LEONARD. 

There is a post-otfice at Todd's Creek, kept by Kobt. Cain. 
T. H. Talbott buys the S. E. i of See. :iG, T. 54, R. 36, for 



Emi Juration to Oregon continues, 

Ju)ie J.? — S. L, Leonard is commissioned as circuit judge, 
Sarah A. Fox is appointed administratrix of Richd. L, Fox. 
Bond, |1,000. ]Mr. Fox was a native of :Mason Co.. Ky., and an 
urbane gentlenuin. He m'd Sarah A. Williams and came to Mis- 
souri about 1842. and settled four miles west of Platte City, They 
had several children, 


J nil/ .') — F. Kaufman and Peter McDuff buy property in 

July 26— A. V. Baldwin buys 40 acres in Sec. 9, T, 52, R. 35. 
for 1250. 


A lit/. 3 — The result of the election of delegates to the Con- 
stitutional Convention was the choice of Col. John E. Pitt and 
Oen. Thompson Ward. 


Died this year. He was born in Culpeper County, ^'irginia. 
Oct. 17, 1771 ; m'd in 1813. Lucinda Clayton, They came to Clay in 
1828, and in 183G crossed into Platte bc^fore the Indian title was 
extinguished. Their ch: 
L W. D. Asher, b, Dec. 16, 1816; went to California. 
IL ROBERT D. ASHER, b. in Clay Co., Sept. 14, 1831 ; m'd Jan. 
18, 1857, Marv E. Russell, b. April 15, 1836; d. June 25, 
1881. Ch : 

1. Williniii, b. Dec. 0, 1857; m'd Eh^auor Breckini'idge. 

of Clav. Ch: ["] Cleveland; [''] Lela; [c] Estill; 
[d] Melvin. 

2. Jas. R. Ashcr, m'd Emma Eston. 

3. John Asher, m'd Lou. Breckinridge. 

4. Xannie P. Asher, m'd Nov. 7. 1880. Benton Rogers, of 


5. Atnia T. Ashrr, b. A]>i'i] 20. 1872; m'd Wm. Sherman, of 


6. Thos.'j. Asher. b. ]\ray 15, 1875. 

Mr. R. D. Asher m'd 2d. Dec. 15, 1881. Lvdia A. Hinton. 
b. Mnx 15, 1848. dr. of .John. Ch: 

7. iVi/lir l.sZ/rr. b. Oct. 11. 1882. 

1845, SEPT. 72 THE COLLINS. 

8. Leicis Ashc)\ b. April 2, 1884. 

9. Ruth Ashcr,h. Sept. 9, 1887. 



The ancestor was James Collins, of Marjland. His son, 
ZEXAS COLLIXS, was b. in Md. Feb. 27, 1797, d. in Platte 
iSept. 28, 1815. In 1803 he came with his father-, James Collins, to 
Fairfield Co., Ohio. Here Zenas received an academic education, 
and m"d Katherine Sites, dr. of Henry. She was b. in 1797, in Vir- 
ginia, and d. in Platte in Xov., 18(>2. Zenas was a short but 
heavy man, full of spirit, of sound judgment, and social tempera- 
ment. Ch : 

I. JOHN COLLINS, b. in Fairfield, Ohio, Dec. 19, 1819; d. in 
Platte City May 12, 1890; m'd Nov. 1811, Jemima Brown, 
dr. of Pitts Brown. She still lives with her children, who 
are much attached to her. John Collins was well educated, 
of sound judgment, firmness, independence of thought and 
action, zealous in the performance of Christian duty, delib- 
erate in his speech, and nearly always right in his religious, 
social, and political views. He was a Whig before the war. 
opposed secession, and in his latter years a moderate Demo- 
crat. He was an elder in the Christian Church, and a pro- 
moter of temperance and every order of benevolence. Ch : 

1. Marion P. Collins, b. in Platte May 10, 1841. He lives 

at the ancestral farm, four miles east of Platte City, 
is a farmer, but possesses talents that would adorn 
a profession. He is an excellent manager, and is 
rapidly accumulating w^ealth. He m'd 1st, Mollie 
Waller, dr. of Hiram. She was b. in Platte Nov. 22, 
1850; d. Dec. 3, 1884, leaving ch: [«] Lela Collins, 
b. Dec. 29, 1873 ; m'd John Throckmorton, b. Nov. 9, 
1869. Ch: [/] Richard W.. b. Aug. 7, 1895. [?>] 
Dora Collins, b. July 28, 1875; m'd June 26, 1894. 
R. C. Elgin. 

Mr. Collins m'd 2d. May 5, 1886, Miss Jane Colman, 
dr. of Henry, a tall, handsome, (Miristian lady, of 
superior education and admirable qualities. No ch. 

2. :S^annic Collins, b. Dec. 2, 1845: m'd Nov. 20, 1866, D. F. 

Masterson, a large and handsouu^ gentleman, much 
regarded foi- social virtues. They live on a farm 
in Preston Township. Ch: [^'] Anna Masterson; 
[''] Myra. 

3. Elniirn iMyrai, b. -Ian 12. 1S50; m'd Nov. 24, 1874. And. 

Jackson Colman, b. Dec. 17, 1845. Mrs. Colman is 
an agreeable ladv. and. like all her familv. fond of 

1845, SEPT. 73 THE COLLINS. 

chiii-ch uuisic. Mr. Colmaii Icaiiu'd the tinner's 
trade with his father, carried on the business with 
him in Weston and in Texas. Alter the war, they 
came to Platte City. F"roni a tinner's shop A. J. 
Colman's establishment has become a large hard- 
ware store. His industry is remarkable, and his 
success surprising. He is wealthy, and by his 
politeness and urbanity has surrounded himself with 
friends. He is an enthusiastic Mason — has taken 
every degree, and attends the highest conventions 
of the order. Ch: ["] (hiy C. Colman, b. Mav 1, 
1876; ['>] Ada, b. June 4, 1S80; [c] Alma, b. Julv 18, 
1883; [('] Mary, b. Jan. 25, 1886. 

4. Mart/ E. Colliiis, b. Dec. 17, 1851; m'd Jan. 26, 1876, 

William M. Lewis, of Kansas Cit}'. Ch: [«] Grace 
Lewis; [^] Xellie; [f] Etta; [''] George. 

5. Haftie B. Collins, b. Sept. 20, 1859; m'd Feb. 27, 1877, 

Sidney J. Park, son of Jeff. J. Thev live in Clay. 
' Ch-: [«] Garland Park; [&] Maud; [c] John. 

6. Jesse Collins, b. Nov. 7, 1861 ; m'd Nov. 10, 1886, Sallie 

Miller, dr. of Jas. L. Mr. Collins possesses the char- 
acteristics of the family, both in ]»ers()n and mind. 
He is an elder in the Christian Church, and zealous 
in every good work. His wife possesses loveliness 
as well as intelligence. Ch: [« J Marv Lee Collins. 

7. Henrif Clai/ Collins, b. April 12, 1864; m'd Nov. 29, 1888, 

Jennette L Young. No ch. Thev live in Chicago. 
■ n. HARRIET COLLINS, m'd Jan. 2.3, 1849, James Swaney. 
They live in Kansas City. Ch: 

1. Dr. Lorin Siraiiej/, m'd Georgia Robinson. Their ch: 

[^'] James Swaney; [''] Ethel; [f'] Georgia. 

2. Reheeea. 3. Haley. 4. Lee. 5. Collins. 

IIL KATHERINE COLLINS, m'd W. T. Carrington. Ch: 

1. Geo. Carrington. 
IV. PERRY H. COLLINS, m'd 1st, Maiy J. Swaney, dr. of Hugh. 
She d. FA). 9, 1854, leaving: 

1. Hin/h Collins, m'd 1st, Jan. 13, 1874, Ella Heath, dr. 

of W. R. Ch: [«] Perry Collins. 
Hugh m'd 2d, Jan. 3, 1877, Agnes Miller, dr. of Jona. Ch ; 
V>] Lula; [f] Chas.; [d] Grover L.; [^] Ilattie; 
[H David. 

2. Harrison Collins, m'd Eliza Herndon, dr. of Simeon. 

Ch: ["] Clav; ['>] Carrie; [<-■] Marv; [''] William; 
[e] Effie; [f] Lola; [.'/] Ella. 
Mr. Perry H. Collins m'd 2d, Jose Miller, dr. of Sam'l. 

3. Z. Samuel Collins, b. Sei)t. 13, 1857; represented the 

county in 1895-96. 4. Chas. Collins. 
5. Kate, m'd H. H. Snail. No ch. 

1845, SEPT. 74 THE SISKS. 

Mr. Perry H. Collins m'd 3d, Jan. 24, 1867, Elizabeth 
Rice. dr. of Chas. She d. Oct. 27, 1896. 
6. John Collins. 


Died, and Jos. Still is appointed administrator. Bond, |1,200. 
Mr, Sisk was a hotel-keeper in Parkville. He married twice. By 
his first wife he had: 

I. FAXXIE SISK. m'd Nov. 15, 1878, A. B. Darnall. 

Barnett Sisk m'd 2d, Feb. 7, 1843. Lois Brown. Ch: 
III. LI^CRETIA SISK, m'd March 6,1860, John Tribble, his second 
wife. Ch: 

1. Mary, m'd I. M. Oliver. 2. Jennie, m'd W. H. Harley. 
3. Susan, m'd W. J. Coates. 4. James Trihhle. 
Sept. 28— The Todd's Creek Old Baptists buy a site in Sec. 11, 
T. 52, R. 34. and proceed to build a log- church in the prescribed 
form of a cross. 


Oct. 1 — Larkin Fleshman makes his first appearance in Platti^ 
City as a merchant. 

Oct. 11 — Jas. Kuvkendall sells to W. H. Bell his 160-acre farm 
on the S. E. I of Sec' 10, T. 54, R. 36, for |1,500. 


Xov. 3 — Elizabeth Massie appointed administratrix of W. R. 
Massie. Bond, |4,500. 

Aov. i4— Allen McLane buys Lot 9, Block 31, Platte City, for 

R. C. Ellifrit buys a lot in Ward's Addition to Weston, 
foi" 125. 

Aor. 11' — The Constitutional Convention meets at Jefferson 
< "ily. Pitt and Ward are our delegates. 


Fine crops are raised — prospects brighten. The crop of hemp 
is large, and brings readily 15 to .f 6 per 112 pounds. Pork-packing 
commences at Weston. Owen & Estill commence their pork op- 
f'liitions, they build a large pork-house on the wharf at Weston. 
■J'lic Snnla F(* trade has increased. People have learned to live 
upon their own resources. Banks are paying specie. Orchards 
are beai'ing fiuil. 

The Legislature repealed the barbarous '^forthwith law," 
by which a poor debtor was apprehended and security for the 
debt flfMunuflf'd. If uot givcu forthtriih. the justice rendered judg- 


ment. Nothing but onc'.s clothing wan exempt from execution. 
Constable sales were ahuost daily. Tlie '^forthwith law" was a 
disfirrace to our civilization. 



Governor, John C. Edwards; Circuit Judge, S. L, Leonard; 
County Justices, Lewis, Mayo, and Freeland; Sheriff, Jas. Kuy- 
kendall; Surveyor, L. Shepard; Representatives, A. Jasper. 
Thompson Ward; Circuit Clerk, Jesse Morin; County Clerk, J. H. 
Johnston; Treasurer, F. Marshall. 


At Platte City: Attorneys— W. B. Almond, J. H. Baldwin. 
H. :\r. Vories, R. P. Clark, L N. .Jones, W. C. Jones, S. P. S. McCurdy, 
E. H. Norton, J. E. Pitt, Amos Rees, J. G. Spratt, John Wilson. 

Phvsicians — Wm. Baldwin, H. B. Callahan, W. E. Black, F. 
Marsha'll, N. M. Shrock. 

Merchants, etc. — Black & Dickson. Wm. Brown, Branham & 
^[cCausland, Dorriss & .Johnston, John Ferrier, S. Johnston, R. 
D. Johnston, H. P. Kutchenthall, E. Green, _R. P. Gaines, J. B. 
Afartin & Co. 

.4 1 Weston : Attornej^s — L. D. Bird, N. Burrows, J. R. Hardin, 
Bela M. Hughes, J. R. Tylee. 

iMiysicians — Bonifant, Bowers, Malin. 

Merchants, etc. — N. J. Alexander. H. Basye, W. H. Bell, Peter 
Blanjour, B. Holladav (postmaster). Bell & Venable. IMiddleton, 
Perrv & Co., E. Codv, S. J. Lowe. Peter McDuff. Post & Railey. 
AV. S. ]\rnrphy, W. G. Noble. F. Kaufman. R. P. Wentworth, Ben 
Wood. W. B. Barnett, D. P. Wallingford. Parrott & Bro.. Jas. 
Osborn, J. P. Georgens. Jas. Ferguys. F. G. Cocki-ill. Owen & 

At Parl-riJIr: Asjiling & Stevens. G. S. Park, Summers & 
Hord, Geo. Roberts. 

At EUlqehi: J. F. Adams (]>ostmaster), P. Ellington, H. B. 
Mayo. Dr. S.Phillips. 


Jan. I'l — Stone & Freeland. administrators of Joshua Stone. 
Bond, 12,000. 

jfl„. /p — Dan'l T. Jones, administrator of Rodham Jones. 
Bond. 14,000. 

Jan. 2S — Bear Creek Chiu-cli iSalem) buys a site in the S. E. ^ 
of Sec. 22. T. .54, R. .S7. 

1846, FEB. 76 MEXICAN WAR. 


Fel). 4 — Tlios. M. Lewis, administrator of R T, Lewis, Bond, 
f 2,000. 

FeJ). 10 — G, W, Grayson, administrator of Isaac Moodv. 
Bond, $2,000. 

Feb. 11 — A private letter of tliis date, from Platte Citj", says: 
"Hemp is worth |2.50 and |2.75 per 112 pounds. It is dark and 
inferior, owing to the dry fall, succeeded by a warm and wet 
winter. Eain has colored and injured the lint." 

Feb. 21 — Elm Grove M. E. Church buvs ground in the N. W. ^ 
of Sec. 29, T. 52, R. 3i. 


March ^— Alex. P. Eeed buys land in Sec. 31, T. 54, E. 31, at 
$1.50 per acre. 

Camden Point Christian Church buys a building site in the 
X. W. \ of Sec. 32, T. 51, E. 31. Some years earlier, a Scotch 
school-master tried to get a post-office established at his house, 
on a high hill or point, near the present town. He gave it the 
name of Camden; but there was another Camden in the State. 
So, with Scotch persistency, he called the proposed office Camden 
Point. The Female Academy was purchased on another point. 
and the Scotchman's name was adopted. Subsequently, the town 
was laid off by Mr. Logue, and called Camden Point. 

Marcli ^2— Clinton Cockrill buys of F. B. Martin 180 acres of 
land, including the site of Tracy, for |5.25 per acre. 

Marcli i4— Lewis J. Wood buys the K E. ^ of Sec. 19, T. 51, 
E. 33. at $8.10 per acre. 

Allen McLane is commissioned register of the land office at 


March 28 — Gen. Zachary Taylor, provoked by the invasions of 
Ihe Mexicans, takes possession of Matamoros; and thereupon 
Mexico declares war against the United States. Congress appro- 
])riated ten millions to prosecute the war, and a call is made for 
."0.000 volunteers. 


Dies east of < 'aniden I'oint. His widow is Sultana C. Bell, and his 
ch: 1, James Bell; 2, David Bell; 3. William W. Bell; 1, John 
I'.ell. f1. leaving Eugene Bell, his (uily child; 5. Elizabeth Bell: 
<>. Mi-s. Jerome Ainold: 7, Mrs. \\m. Eoyston. 

March 30 — Willard P. Hall is nominated for Congress by the 
Democratic Convention at Gnllntin. The State has been dis- 


tricted, and he is tlie first nominee fi-om llic 4tli District for Con- 
gress. Mr. Hall had moved to St. Joseph. 


.l/>/(7 :2 — The Presbyterian (Mmrdi of Weston bays part of 
Lot 147, Block 14, for .1t;i',000. 

F. B. Martin, for |3,000. sells to J. B. and T. B. Martin his one- 
fourth interest in the Platte City Water Mills. 

April 4 — The Liberty Tribune established. 

April 17— Jas. Kuykendall buys the 8. W. 1 of Sec. 24, T. .in. 
R. 35, at |5 per acre. 


May 1 — The ^Mexican ^^'ar commences in earnest. The Presi- 
dent having called for HO.OOO volunteers, (Jovernor Edwards, 
about the middle of May, calls for a regiment. W. S. Murpjiy, of 
Weston, raises a company of infantry. 


June 2 — The appraisement of Wm. Wood's estate shows the 
following prices: Mares, |20 and .f.SO; fillies, |2.5; cows and 
calves, |7, .flO; steers, .f2, .f4; sheep, .fl; hogs, .fl; geese, 1.3 cents. 

Jiine .'^ — J. M. Kogers, administrator of Wm. M, Fox. Bond, 

JviK' 15 — Swope & Henderson, administrators of John Hen- 
derson. Bond, $2,000. 

June 18 — When the volunteers reached Ft. Leavenworth, 
they were formed into a regiment, and A, W. Doniphan was chosen 
colonel, C, F. Ruf lieutenant-colonel, and William Gibson major. 
A list of part of Capt. Murphy's company will be found in Cate- 
wood's ''LTistory of Platte,'' page 013. 

June 26 — The brigade of LO.~)S men started to Santa Fe under 
command of Gen. Kearney, They reached Santa F('' August 18th. 
On Setpember 25th Gen. Kearney left for the Pacific coast, and 
T'ol. Doniphan, now general, succeeded to the command, and im- 
mortalized himself by another ''march to the sea," He has been 
called ''the Xeno])hon of I he "SA'est." 


Julif /—Sterling Price, a member of Congi-ess from ^lissouri. 
resigned his seat, and returned home to recruit another regiment 
for the w'ar. 

Jesse Morin raised a company in Platte. They met at Platte 
City, and elected Isaac W. Gibson tiisl lieutenant and John Laikin 

1846, JULY. 78 MEXICAN WAR. 

second lieutenant. The ladies, represented by Miss Kutchenthall, 
presented the company with a national flag. A list of the men 
may be found on page 615 of Gatewood's "History of Platte." 

July 13 — William Bywaters purchases land at Camden Point. 



Aug. 3 — W. P. Hall, though nominated by the Democrats 
of the 4th District for Congress, volunteers as a private, and joins 
Price's regiment. Nevertheless, he is elected over Jas. H. Birch. 
Heretofore. Congressmen were elected on a general ticket. Hall 
is the first to represent our congressional district. Lewis Burnes 
is elected State senator; Wm. Conoway and Lewis Calvert are 
chosen representatives, Ira Norris circuit clerk, Dan'l P. Lewis 
county clerk, and M. N. Owen sheriff. The new Constitution was 
rejected by the people. 

William Jack buvs of S. P. S. McCurdv Block 41, in Platte 
City, for 1950. 

Aug. 9 — Jesse Morin's company joins the remainder of his 
regiment at Fort Leavenworth. Col. Price is chosen as com- 
mander, D. D. Mitchell lieutenant-colonel, and Capt. Edmondson 
major. The 2d Regiment united with Gen. Doniphan's command 
at Santa ¥6. 

Aug. 20 — A third regiment" is authorized, but the order is 
countermanded. Yet James Denver, a spirited youth of Platte 
City, who had been writing in the clerk's offices, and aiding in the 
work upon the Platte Argus, raised a small company, and hurried 
to the front. He was inexperienced and unknown, but, by intelli- 
gence and energy, rose to be a statesman and soldier of whom our 
country is proud. He rose by merit, without friends or influence. 
He died a few years ago, a millionaire, leaving several children. 


Aug. 21 — Elder Thomas Turner died at Barry. He was a 
good and earnest minister of the Old Baptist Church. He came 
from Madison Co., Ky., to Howard, and thence to Platte, settling 
in \^'.\^. on Todd's Creek. He was b. 1701 ; m'd 1815, in Kentucky, 
Fanny Sisk. who. d. Jan., 1S50. He built up a large church at 
Todd's Crook and was a faithful laborer in his Master's vineyard. 
I was at his bedside, a few hours before his death, and found his 
faith fnst changing into siglit. Ch : 

L .lOEL TT^KNEK. d. :\rav, ISSO. in California. 
n. MARY P.. TT'RXER, m'd Jos. F. Still. They yet live, with 
seven cliildien, in California. 

1846, AUG. 79 THE TURNERS. 

III. REB. TURNEK, lu'd Simeon Fugato. She is now a widow. 

with three children, in California. 

IV. LUCRETIA M. TUliXER, wvas the third wife of John Tribble. 

Both are dead, and their three children live in Kansas. 
John Tribble m"d 1st, April 11, 1850. Elizabeth Hcdnian, 
dr. of Rev. Wni. Redman. He m'd 2d. .March U. ISGO, 
Lncretia Sisk, dr. of Barnet. 
V. LOUISA TURNER, m'd Nov. 17, 1870, Dr. J. M. Holt. (See.) 

VI. SARAH J. TURNER, widow of J. White Burnett (see), with 

three children, lives in Oregon. 

VII. JOHN TURNER, single, lives in Kansas. 

VIII. THOS. L. TURNER, b. April 7, 1833; m'd March 0, 1858, 
Mary A. De Berry, dr. of John L. Mr. Turner lives in Tracy. 
He has long been a deputy sheriff, and has been a justice 
of the peace. He is much esteemed for intelligence and 

1. Lido Turner, m'd Feb. 28, 1887, F. Richey. 

IX. JAS. CALVIN TURNER, single, lives in California. 

X. FANNIE M. TURNER (Mildred), m'd Jan. 7, 18.5.5, Lemuel 
T. Oliver (his second wife), b. July 19, 1820. He is a son of 
John Oliver, b. 179.3, and Libel'la Eskridge. Prof, L. T. 
Oliver resides at Farley, and has devoted his life to teach- 
ing. He is an active spirit in the M. E. Church, and a pro- 
moter of every scheme of improvement. His children by 
his first wife, Libella Eskridge, whom he m'd June 8. 
1818, are: 

1. WilUam Oliver, b. April 3, 1819. 

2. SaUie Oliver, b. 1851; m'd June 29, 1881. Jacob Den- 

Libella died August, 1853, and ^Ir. Oliver m'd Fannie 
Turner. Ch: 

3. rernie Oliver, d. March 22, 1893. 

1. Helen M. Oliver, b. April 25, 1858; d. June 15, 1892; m'd 
April 12. 1877, Cole L. Banning, his second wife. 

Mr. Banning was b. in Newcastle Co., Del., March 0, 18.35. 
His parents were -lohn A. Bnnning, a graduate of Prince- 
ton College, and Elizabeth Cole. He came west in 1851. 
He has had large experience as a farmer, a merchant, a 
stock-raiser, and a speculator. He ])ossesses sound judg- 
ment, and is well educated. Being a Republican, he has 
held no office except that of postmaster at East I^ieaven- 
worth and justice of the pence. His public spirit and in- 
telligence make him a leader in every local enterprise. Mr. 
Banning m'd 1st, Aug. 23, 1855. :Mrs. Hulda A, Stewart, dr. 
of Sol. Fnuk. She d. in 1873, leiiving ch: [«] Nicholas; 
[b] Alice Banning, m'd Chris. Farris, of Kansas; [«] Mamie 
Bnnning, m'd Oct. 1, 1893. Adam Oliver. 


Mr. Banning m'd 2d, April 12, 1877, H. M. Oliver. Ch: 
[f^] Jessie, b. 1879; [«] Henry, b. 1881; [f] Kate, b. 1883. 

Mr. Banning now lives at Stillings. He is a Mason and 
an Odd Fellow in good standing. 

5. Sunie Oliver, m'd Clias. Pitts. 2 cli. (See.) 

6. Lula Oliver, m'd Oct. 3, 1883, George Flynn. 1 ch. 

7. Middle Oliver. 8. TJios. Oliver. 

Elder Thomas Turner volunteered as a soldier of the War of 
1812, and was with Commodore Perry on Lake Erie. His widow, 
Fannie, survived until January, 1859. Mr. Oliver administered, 
giving bond for |16,000. 

Aug. 26 — L. D. Bird, administrator of A. M. Chadwick. Bond, 


Sept. 8 — N. W. Asbury, administrator of Phantley E. Bean, 
who died some years earlier. Bond, .fB.OOO. Mr, Asbury, July 1, 
1846, m'd Susan Bean, widow of Phantley R. 

Sept. 15 — Dr. Joseph Walker, an army surgeon, resigns, and 
purchases land in Sec. 21, T. 52, R. 34. at |6.25 per acre. 

Sept. 28 — Col. Price's regiment reaches Santa F^. 


Oct. 13 — J. R. Lvnch, administrator of John Lvnch, Sr. 
Bond, 1300. 

Oct. 24 — John Bigham, administrator of John Miller. Bond, 


\ov. 20— G. W. Gist buys in Block ''N," Weston.. 
Thos. Cox, administrator of Jos. Cox. Bond, |4,000. 


Dec. 6 — Battle of San Pasqual, California. Here fell two 
sons-in-law of M. M. Hughes, of Platte. 

I. CAPT. BKXJ. D. :\fOORE, b. in Tiourbon Co., Kv., Sept. 10, 
1 81 : m'd Martha M. Hughes, dr. of M. M. Hughes. Ch : 
1 . Matthew J. Moore, m'd Mmy Helen Webb ; 7 ch. They 
live in California. JMr. Moore is a highly educated 
and accomplished gentleman. 
IT. LTEUT. THOS. C. HA:\r:\r()ND was the other son-in-law of 
Judge lluglK^s who fell at t^an Pasqual. He was b. at 
Fort ]\rcHenry, :\Id.. Aug. 19. 1819. He m'd Mary A. Hughes, 
dr. of Judge Hughes. Ch : 

1. 77/o.s'. C. H(im)ii()ii(l. .Ii-.. now of Platte; bom May 22, 
1840, He studied iiiediciue with his step-father. Dr. 
Sam'l Rixey; attended lectui'cs in Philadelphia. 

1846, DEC. 81 SCHOOL FUNDS. 

where he met, wooed, and m'd, Feb. 14, 1809, the 
lovely Miss Ella Uphaiii. They live six miles east 
of Platte City, ou a large and fertile farm. Dr. 
Hammond practices among his neighbors, by whom 
he is much beloved and trusted. Ch: [«] Samuel 
R.Hammond; [f*] Richard H; [c]AE.; [<^] Letian; 
[^] a daughter. 

The remains of Ca])t. Moore and Lieut. Hammond were never 
i-ecovered. The trooj) of dragoons of which they formed a part 
were surprised and massacred to a man. A monument to their 
memory stands in Platte City cemetery. 


A grand jury having reported a deficiency in the Townshij) 
School Funds, of more than a thousand dollars, the county courr 
appointed a committee, consisting of W. B. Almond. James Davis, 
and W. M. Paxton, to investigate the matter. The committee 
discovered that the county court had attempted to cancel sales of 
the 16th sections, and had returned to purchasers the money paid. 
Upon the report of the committee, these purchasers were required 
to restore the money. Patents had been issued for the land, and 
yet no payment had been made or secured. All was satisfactorily 


Dec. 22 — A private letter of this date, speaking in relation to 
the hemp crop of Platte, says: "The farmers of Platte County 
put in less hemp than usual last spring (1846), but the fiber is bet- 
ter and heavier, and will equal last year's (1845). Lafayette 
County produces the most hemp — perhaps 1,500 tons. Platte' 
and Jackson come next, producing, each, 1,000 tons; and Clay 
900 tons. Hemp has sold here as low as |1.50 per 112 pounds, and 
none, since spring, at over |2. The farmers of Missouri seldom 
stack hemp. They suffer it to receive enough rain, after cutting, 
to color it. It is then taken up and shocked, without binding. 
About the middle of October it is spread out to rot. Our winters 
are so dry that the hemp must receive several rains before it is 
shocked. I have frequently seen honi]) taken up in the spring 
not half rotted." 

Dec. 2If — Isaac Dean, administrator of Francis Dean. Bond, 
$2,000. Francis Dean and Patsv Swearengen were married Feb 
ruary 15, 1844. 

Green T. :Martin sells to Jas. 15. .Martin his h;ilf of the Platte 
City Water Mills. 

Dec. 25 — Battle of Brazito. New Mexico. 



The year of 1846 was the transition period from financial 
distress to financial prosperity. From this time until 1860, the 
county advanced rapidly to wealth. Every article of produce 
rose in price: hemp, from |2 to |4; hogs from |1 to |3. I sold, 
myself, potatoes at 6, and butter at 5 cents. Constables were 
busy collecting money on executions. I saw many poor families 
robbed of beds and household furniture. There was no exemption 
law worthy of the name. The situation of the poor called for pity. 

But the Mexican War made a change. Produce, as well as 
land, went up in price; and every hand found employment. To 
carry on the war, a foreign loan was made, and German gold took 
the place of silver and depreciated paper. The low tariff that pre- 
vailed had carried to foreign lands the little American gold in 
circulation. The balance of trade was against us. Horses, mules, 
oxen, wagons, forage, and provisions were demanded at Fort 
Leavenworth for the Army of the West. The discovery of gold in 
California added to our prosperity. Every article of produce 
was wanted by the overland emigrants ; and when the Civil War 
commenced, we were in affluence. 

For years Mexican silver and American half-dollars were the 
chief circulation. From 1845 to 1849 I was buying hemp for the 
Louisville Manufacturing Company and dealt chiefly in silver half- 
dollars. In 1847 German gold was abundant. For several years 
I purchased one-third of the crop, and paid for it chiefly in sub- 
sidiary silver. Bank notes were at a discount. Merchants often 
sent silver to St. Louis by steamboats. There were no banks 
then, and there were no robbers. I made hundreds of horseback 
trips, from Parkville, Platte City, and Weston, with saddle-bags 
weighted with silver. The foreign gold soon disappeared. 

The building of the Hannibal & St. Joe Railroad is now 



Governor, J. C. Reynolds; Congressman, W. P. Hall; Circuit 
Clerk. Ira Norris; County Clerk, D. P. Lewis; Treasurer. J. S. 
Thomas; Assessor, E. S. Wilkinson; Pepresentatives, W, Cono- 
way and L. Calvert; Circuit Judge. S. L. Leonard; County Jus- 
tices, Mayo, Freeland, and Barnett; Sheriff. M. N. Owen; Sur- 
veyor, L. Shepard; Public Administrator-. G. W. Goodlander, 

1847. 83 TOWN PLATS. 


At Platte City: Attorneys — W. B. Almond, J. H. Baldwin, 
R. P. Clark, I. N. Jones, W. C. Jones, S. P. S. McCurdy, E. U. Nor- 
ton, J. E. Pitt, AiuosRees, J. G. Spratt, H. M. Vories, John Wilson. 

Physiciiins— Wm. Baldwin, H. B, Callahan, F. Marshall, N. 
M, Shrock. 

IMerehaiits, etc. — Black & Dickson, Wm. Brown, Dorriss & 
Johnston, John Ferrier, L. Fleshman, S. Johnston, R. D. Johnston, 
H. P. Kutchenthall, E. Green, R. V. Gaines, J. B. Martin & Co. 

At Weston: Attorneys — L. D. Bird, N. Burrows, J. R. Hardin. 
Bela M. Hughes, J. R. Tylee. 

Physicians — B. Bonifant, Jos. Malin, R. 1'. C. Ridley. 

Merchants, etc. — N. J. Alexander, H. Basye, Peter Blanjour. 
W. H. Bell, Bell & Venable, Belt & ^Iiirphy, D. Bowman, E. Cody, 
FergUTS & Ransou, B. HoUaday, Middleton & Perry, Post & Railey, 
J. V. & D. P. Parrott, W. G. Noble, T. F. Warner, R. P. Wentrvorth, 
Ben Wood. 

At ParJcville: G. S. Park, Summers & Hord, J. H. Bueneman, 
Aspling & Stephens. 

At Ridgeli/: J. F. Adams (postmaster), P. Ellington, Dr. S. 
Phillips. Dr. H. D. Oden, H. B. Mayo. 



Atchison Junction, March 30, 1881. Simon Barton. 

Barnard Place, Dec. 10, 1880 J. F. M. Stine. 

Camden Point, Oct. 23, 1848 :M. M. Logue. 

1st Ad., June 21, 1851 M. M. Logue. 

Hardisty's Ad., March 29, 1887 J. W. Hardisty. 

Biscoe & Wright's Ad., Nov. 19, 1890 Biscoe & Wright. 

Dearborn (Kimball), Feb. 1.5, 1883 A. H. Burgess. 

1st Ad., March 8, 1883 C. A. Stagner et al. 

2d Ad., March 24, 1884 C. A. Stagner et al. 

3d Ad., Oct. 24, 1884 C. A. Stagner et al. 

4th Ad., Feb. 20, 1889 C. A. Stagner et al. 

5th Ad., Jan., 1890 C. A. Stagner et al. 

6th Ad., May 5, 1890 A. H. Burgess. 

7th Ad.. Maplt" L., Dec. 15, 1890 J. R. Ferrel. 

8th Ad., May 4, 1891 Stagner et al. 

East Lenvenworth. Aug. 2, 1809 N. L. Bickford. 

Edgerton, May 29. 1871 Jas. N. Burnes, 

White's Ad., June 2, 1887 H. B. White. 

Standiford's Ad., April 30, 1894 J. Stnndiford. 

Bruce's Ad., Oct. 3, 1894 L H. Bruce. 

Farley, Oct. 14, 1850 Josiah Farley. 

Rapp's Ad!, Feb. 20, 1852 John G. Rapp. 

latan, Mav22, 1841 Dougherty, Swords & Shultz. 

Linkville.'Nov. 12, 1885 ' Eli J. Link. 

Linkrille, Nor. 10, 1888 W. ^f. Couch. 

1847, JAN. 84 TOWN PLATS. 


New Market, Oct. 14, 1843 Jacob Adamson. 

Thompson's Ad., Feb. 10, 1891 T. M. Thompson. 

Parkville, April 18, 1811 G. S. Park. 

1st Ad., June 4, 1851 G, S. Park. 

2d Ad., June 4, 1851 G. S. Park. 

3d Ad. (College), June 4, 1851 G. S. Park. 

Korth Park Ad., March 7, 1889 McGeehan & Hamilton. 

Brightwell's Ad., Nov. 17, 1890 R T. Brightwell. 

6th Ad., Dec. 6, 1886 G. S. Park. 

Platte City, Feb. 3, 1840 Platte County. 

1st Ad., May 6, 1845 Platte County. 

Almond, P. & O. Ad., Sept. 24, 1857 . . Almond, Paxton & Owen. 

Eastern Extension, Sept. 2, 1886 Mrs. M. A. Norton. 

Roster's Ad., June 17, 1892 H. A. Koster. 

Kidgely, Dec. 22, 1846 Adams, Black & Phillips. 

Black's Ad., March 12, 1852 C. N. Black. 

Phillips' Ad., Feb. 15, 1854 .. ..S.Phillips. 

Ellington's Ad., March 1, 1854 P. Ellington. 

Stillings, Aug. 12, 1889. . . Vinton Stillings. 

Tracv, April 30, 1872 , W. C. Wells, trustee. 

ist Ad., Sept. 20, 1882 W. C. Wells, trustee. 

Waldron, May, 1869 J. M. & W. H. Waldron. 

Weston, Nov. 5, 1844 City of Weston. 

Burnett & Teals' Ad., Dec. 30, 1842 Burnett & Teals. 

Ward's Ad., Dec. 19, 1846 Th. Ward. 

Warner's Ad., Feb. 11, 1851 T. F. Warner. 

Meek's Ad., Oct. 7, 1851 E. Meek, Jr. 

Jas. Moore's Ad., Mav 7, 1848 Moore, Bird & Holladav. 

Wilhite's Ad.. Feb. 10. 1852 E. S. Wilhite. 

Abiram Moore's Ad A. Moore. 

Doniphan's Ad John Doniphan. 

Woodruff, May, 1869 W. H. & C. C. Montgomery. 


Jan. .'/ — Thos. F. Richardson, administrator of Robert R. 

The German M. E. Church of Weston organized. 

Jan. 11 — Capt. And. Johnson buvs the E. 1 of Block 37, 
Platte City. 

Jan. 2Jf — Battle of La CaSada, New Mexico, in which Capt. 
Murphy's company of infantry, from Weston, now in command of 
Capt. Jonas S. ^^'()ods. sliared in a gallant charge upon a superior 
force of ^NFexicans, and gained a noted victory. In this charge 
Lieut. Van Vall<enl»nrgh and pi-ivate John Graham were killed: 
and several others fiom Platte were wounded. 

The battle of Moro, in which Capt. florin's comjiaii.v achieved 
a victory, followed close on the battle of La Caiiada. 

Jan. 2G — Thomas Flannerv. ndministrntor of 



Who was b. in \'iigiuia, in 178."}. lie wa8 a son of John Fhinnery, 
and m'd Rachel Benham, b. 1784, dr. of John lienham. James 
Fh\nnery came to Platte in 1837, and settled three miles east of 
Platte. He was one of the first justices of the peace, appointed by 
the county court of Clay County in 1837, and died in office. lie 
w^as a man of sound judgment and unimpeachable integrity. His 
education was limited, but his honesty, justice, and firmness won 
for him the esteem of the people. We will first give a list of nil 
his children, and then notice, fully, those whose posterity are yet 
in Platte: 


H. WILLIAM, d. in Iowa. 
IIL REBECCA, m'd N. Chrisraan, of Jackson Co., ]Mo. 
IV. MARTHA, m'd Jas. Crabtree, of Texas. 

V. NANCY, m'd T. Dougherty, of Andrew Co., :Mo. 
VL PHCEBE, m'd Fletcher Crabtree. 

Yin. ELIJAH, m'd Oct. 3, 1839, Tabitha Brock, and d. in Iowa. 


I believe all are dead. We will now notice those who left 
posterity in Platte: 


Farmer and physician, was b. in Lee Co., Ya., Sept. 17, 1806; d. in 
I'latte Nov. 0, 1891. He received a classical education and came 
to Randoplh Co., Mo., wiien a youth. He studied medicine with 
Dr. W^. B. Ma gee, attended lectures at the Medical Department of 
Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky., in 1835-6, and practiced 
until 1865. From that time, he devoted his attention to his farm. 
In Christian Co., Ky., he m'd 1st, Winifred Perkins, dr. of 
Jesse. Ch : 

L NANCY JANE FLANNERY, m'd July 3, 1819, L. Dearing 
(first wife), and d. childless. 

n. A]MANDA, lu'd 1st, Josiah Comstock; m'd 2d, Barnes. 

in. JOHN FLANNERY (ii), b. Se])tember 8, 1844; m'd Pho-be 

lY. LOUISA FLANNERY, m'd Chris Peters. 
V. GEO. D. FLANNERY, went to California, and d. Feb.. 1806. 
Dr. John Flannery m'd 2d. Max 6, 1856. Mary Ann Brooks, 
dr. of Sanders Brooks, of Fauquier Co., Ya. 
YL YIROIE FLANNERY, b. ^Nlarch 28, 1857; m'd Aug. 20, 1877. 

James IMason. 
YH. REBECCA, single. 

VHL JOSIAH FLANNERY, single, went to Colorado. 
IX. LITCY D., m'd March 16. 1890. Robert Jacks. 
X. FRANKLIN, m'd Dec. 21. 1889. Jennie M. Ford. 



Was b. Nov. 10, 1820, in Lee Co., Va.; d. in Platte April 25, 1889; 
came with bis fatber in 1837; m'd June 8, 1843, Fanny Brunts, 
dr. of Jobn, Sbe was b. in Howard Co., Mo,, Feb. (5, 1822; d. Feb. 
18,1886. Cb: 
I. JOHN B. FLANNEEY, b. June 14, 1844; m'd April 7, 1868, 
Alice Freeland, dr. of H. J. Mr. F, is a gentleman of supe- 
rior business qualifications. He was deputy sberifl: and 
collector under Geo. W. Belt, and was elected county 
treasurer in 1868; was in the insurance business, and cash- 
ier of the Bank of Parkville, and was considered one of the 
most reliable business men of the county; but in 1886 his 
health failed, and he removed, with his family, to Colorado, 
where he now resides. Ch : 
1. Tlios. H. Flannery. 2. Minnie F. 3. John C. 4. Nora A. 
5. Amia E. 6. William E. 
Mr. Flannery is a Knight Templar. 
11. MISSOURI A. FLANNERY, b. Dec. 14, 1846; m'd May 10, 
1866, James H. Daniel, son of Shelby, b. in Kv.. Dec. 7. 
1835. Ch: ^ 

1, Ben. F. Daniel, b. Sept. 19, 1869; a worthy and exem- 

plary young man, residing with his father. 

2. Issie Daniel b. Nov. 15, 1879. 

in. JAMES F. FLANNERY, b. Jan. 13, 1849 ; d. May 2. 1891. He 
was a genial, kind-hearted gentleman, social and exceed- 
ingly agreeable in his manners. He engaged in mercantile 
ventures, at several places and times, but was too generous 
and accommodating to gather wealth. He received an 
academic education at Platte City Academy, and was highly 
esteemed as a business man. He was elected county 
treasurer in 1878, over Jas. Adkins, by a vote of 889 to 684, 
and was re-elected in 1880, without opposition. He was a 
Knight Templar, and at one time mayor of Platte City. He 
m'd Feb. 9, 1870, Marv L. Mason, dr. of R. F. She was b. 
July 17, 1849, and d. Nov. 24, 1877. Ch: 

1. Dora, m'd P. H. Sullivan, of Ky., and d. childless. 

2. Lillie F. Flannery, b. Jan. 9, 1875: d. Nov. 17, 1895. 

in Platte City. 

]\[r. Jas. F. Flannery m'd 2d, April 17. 1879, Issie D. 
Million, b. Feb. 7, 1856: educated at Camden Point Orphan 
School. She possessed intelligence, personal graces, and 
I'oligious zeal. She d. childless, at Platte City, in August, 
1887, much lamented. 

Mr. Flainiei'v's life was the visit of a ]»rince to his garden: 
Tlo plnck(-(l tho flowers, inhnled their fragrance, cast them 
to tlie gi'diiiid. nncl left to I'otnrn no more. 
I knew and admired ])oth his wives. I paid to each, at her 
death, a poetir triltnto. from whifh I selort a stanza: 



The loveliest flowers are culled to grace 

The halls where roAal feasts are spread; 
And so the purest of our race 

Adorn the banquet of the dead. 
No vestal had a purer heart — 

Xo seraph had a sweeter voice. 
Her sympathy could joy impart, 

And make despairing souls rejoice. 


The earth is fresh upon thy grave; 
No evergreens above it wave; 
For only yesterday we gave 

Thy body to the sod. 
A few years since, a lovel}^ bride. 
You came in health and youthful pride. 
And chose the Savior for your guide, 

And in His footsteps trod. 

IV. THOMAS B. FLANNERY, b. June 16, 1857; m'd Sept. 17, 
1879, Kate McComas, b. April 10, 1860. She is the lovely 
dr. of Judge Stephen McComas. Mr. Flannery is a worthy 
farmer, residing in Platte City, and is the present superin- 
tendent of the M. E. Sunday-school in that place. Ch: 

1. Lora Flannery, b. Sept. 12, 1878. 

2. Estill S.. b. Sept. 23, 1888. 

8. Paul Ditzler Flannery, b. :March 25, 1895. 
V. BIRDIE FLANNERY, b. Aug. 21, 1866; d. May 1, 1896; ra'd 
Oct. 8, 1892. Thos. Cecil, son of Kimsey B., b. Oct. 2, 1861. 

1. Rhea, b. July 25, 1893. 2. Ruth, b. March, 1893. 


Wasb. Feb. 27, 1821; d. March 16, 1890; m'd Sept. 18, 1848, Rhoda 
Martin, b. Sept. 30, 1827; d. Oct. 3, 1861. Mr. FLonnery was a 
farmer, residing three miles east of Platte City. He possessed 
superior mental powers and some education. Ch: 

L JENNIE FLANNERY. b. March 24, 1851; m'd Oct. 19, 1870, 
J. T. Dunkiu, b. June 27, 1837; d. Aug. 7, 1883. He was for 
years constable of Carroll Township; was of immense 
stature — 6 feet 4 inches in height,, and weighed 300 pounds. 
His wife weighed about 110 pounds. Ch : 

1. Waller W. 2. Fannie. 3. Leno,. 4. Jessie. 
n. MARY ANN FLANNERY, b. Aug. 10, 1853; m'd March 2, 
1881, James Hollifield. Ch: 


1. Nellie, b. Feb. 5, 1885. 2.^ Georgella, b. Nov. 24, 1888. 
3. Mal}el, b. June 12, 1890. 
m. GEORGE FLANNERY, b. July 13, 1855; m'd Feb. 7, 1878, 
Ella Day, b. July 28, 1863. Cb : 

1. Hattie Pearl Flannery, b. Sept. 13, 1880. 

2. James F. Flannery, b. July 17, 1883. 

3. Nora, b. Aug. 18, 1891. 

4. Silrey M. Flcmnery, b. Oct. 29, 1894. 

IV. IDA FLANNERY, b. Aug. 12, 1857 ; m'd June 20, 1879, Merit 
Estes, b. 1859. Ch: 

1. Dora, b. June- 5, 1881. 

2. Nellie, b. Oct. 29, 1882; lives in Kansas. 

V. LULA FLANNERY, b. Sept. 7, 1859 ; m'd Feb. 9, 1881, Ste- 
phen Brown. Ch: 

1. Thos. Brown, b. Dec. 3, 1882. 2. Pearl b. May 2, 1885. 

3. Delia, b. Aug. 17, 1888. 

Mr. F. Y. Flannery m'd 2d, July 14, 1868, Mary J. 
Holland. Ch: . ^ 

VL ELLA MAY FLANNERY, b. May 21, 1871; m'd Aug. 20, 
1889, N. T. Dick. Ch: 
1. N. T. Dick, Jr. 
S^n. FRANKLIN, b. May 3, 1873 ; lives at Edgerton. 
Vm. JAS. C. FLANNERY, b. March 31, 1875 ; m'd Sept. 24, 1896. 
Lillie Davis, dr. of James. 


She m'd in 1843, John Walker, b. in Tenn., Sept. 10, 1814; d. 
near Linkville Nov. 10, 1894. He was a man of sound judgment, 
and highly esteemed. He lost an eye in early life. Ch : 
I. JAS. WALKER, living in southern Missouri. 

Mr. John Walker's second wife was Sarah J. Martin, dr. of 
John. Ch: 
n. WILLARD H. WALKER, b. April 8, 1855; m'd Aug. 15, 1876, 
Nannie De Berry, dr. of Robt. Ch: 

1. John. 2. Guthrie. 3. Sallie. 4. Florence. 5. Cecil. 

6. Yernie. 

HL IRA NORRIS WALKER, b. Jan. 16, 1857; m'd Oct. 27, 1880, 

Luella Chinn. Mr. Walker was twice county assessor, and 

is now county collector. He is an accomplished gentleman, 

and is his highlv esteemed for his probitv. Ch : 

1. Lnla. 2.' Estill. .3. Curtis. -i.'Man/. .5. Sarah. 
6. A bov. 
Vn. FRANK WALKER, m'd Dec. 24. 1896, M. Liza Clardy. 

Jan. 29 — H. D. Oden, administrator of Henry A. Lloyd. Lloyd 


left a widow, Judith, and a son, Henry. The widow m'd March 2, 
1884, David Vaughn. 


Feb. 4 — The connty pays TIuks. Gray f 100 for digging a public 
well near the center of Block 25 in Platte City. 

The county pays Davis and Paxton |70 for investigating the 
Township School Funds; and Denver Shrock and McCurdy are 
appointed to investigate the Revenue Fund and the Three per 
cent Fund. 

Feb. 5 — ^F. Marshall resigns the office of county treasurer, and 
James S. Thomas is appointed in his place. 

The storming of Fort Pueblo-de-Taos, by Gen. Price. 

The M. E. Church of Platte City purchases Lot 3, Block 33, 
for |50, and two years later erects a frame church 25x40 feet. 

Feb. 6 — Mary Rupe, administratrix of David Rupe. Bond. 


March 2 — Circuit Court: James Davis is enrolled as an 


March 3 — Henry Huvendahl buys land north of and adjacent 
to Weston. He was b. in Hesse-Cassel, Germany, Sept. 3, 1828; 
d. in Weston in July, 1806. His father, John H. Huvendahl, was b. 
Jan. 7, 1780; and his mother, Mary A. Brill, b. Jan. 2G, 1788. They 
came to America in 1834, and settled at Weston in March, 1839. 
Their son, Henry Huvendahl, m'd March 6, 1853, Amanda Fortune, 
o. Feb. IG, 1838. Theirs is a Christian family, zealous of good 
works. They are all workers in the church and Sunday-school. 

I. ELIZABETH HUVENDAHL, b. :\Iarch 28. 1854; m"d Dec. 
29, 1870, William S. Siler. Ch: 

1. Lciris H. i^iler, nvd Dec. 25, 1894, Dora B. Bious. of 
Dearborn. 2. C. C. Siler. 3. Artie. 4. Norman. 
5. Estella. 0. Jason Siler. 
IL LYDIA A. HUVENDAHL, b. Sept. 14, 1858; d. Mav Ifi, 1890; 
m'd Nov. 24, 1881, Chas. B. Carrico. Ch : 
1. Alma Carrico. 
in. MARY, b. Oct. 4, 18r,0; nrd ^larch 8, 1882, Price S. Simmons, 
son of Peter. Ch : 

1. Bertha. 2. Gertie Sim'mo'}is. 
IV. LOTTIE, b. Aug. 8, 1804; m'd Nov. 24, 1890, Hickman J. 
Kruser, son of William. Ch : 
1. 'Ver7rie Kruser. 
V. HENRIETTA, b. June 11, 1800. 


VI. J. B. HUVENDAHL, b. Jan. 16, 1869. 
Vn. MATTIE B., b. Nov. 2, 1870. 
Vm. CATHERINE, b. Nov. 2, 1874. 



This year I made for the county clerk his annual financial 
statement. Though the law commands the statement to be made, 
yet it had been neglected. 

Warrants Drawn $9,009.86 

Revenue Collected 6,981.47 

Deficit 12,028.39 

The items of expenditure are the following: 

Paid Treasurer (Marshall) |230.00 

Paid for paupers 562.00 

Paid Justices of County Court ; . 424.00 

Paid for public well. . \ 100.00 

Paid County Attorney 2.00 

Restored to' School Funds 420.00 

Miscellaneous 4.50.47 

Paid Circuit Clerk (Norris) 814.00 

Paid County Clerk (Lewis) . 730.00 

Paid for bridges . . . 2,201.00 

Paid Assessor (Wilkinson) 86.00 

Paid Sherife (Owen) 635.00 

Paid interest on warrants 327.00 

Total |6,98L47 

May 3 — Geo. Martin, administrator of Isaac Miller. Bond, 
$4,000. ' 

May 7 — A. J. Goodyear buys property in Parkville. 

May 17— J. W. Christy buvs 80 acres in Sec. 1, T. 52, R. 35. 
for -1^780. 

Hemp is selling kt |3.50 and hemp seed |2. 

The mails have come from St. Louis tri-weekly, but now. 
owing to the failure of the contractor, we get them irregularly — 
not more than once a week. 


June .9 — S. P. S. McCurdy removes to Weston. 
S. P. S. McCurdv, administrator of Thos. N. Mitchell. Bond, 

Ju7w JO — T. F. Warner, administrator of Michael Nve. Bond, 


Allen McLaue buys Lot 11, Block 26, Platte City, and re- 
moves to it the Argus office. 


Julij 6 — Jas. M. Estill takes out ferry license at his mills, 
known as Union Mills, on Platte River. Mr. Estill and his father- 
in-law, Gen. Arch. AVoods, came from Kentucky, bought a large 
tract of land, set up a circular saw, and enclosed a large farm, 
then erected a dam on the Platte, and built Union Mills. In com- 
pany with Owen, Estill built a large pork-i)acking house, ware- 
house and store in Weston, and, by enterprise, brought about a 
new era of prosperity. He ultimately failed, and went to Cali- 
fornia, to renew his schemes. 

Jnhj .0— The Battle of Cienega, New Mexico, in which the 
following men of Capt. Jesse Morin's company fell : 1, Lieut. John 
Larkin; 2, W. Owen; 3. J. A. Wright; 4, W .S. Mason; 5, A. S. 
Wilkerson. The following were severely wounded: 1, Hayden 
Lewis; 2, John Huntington; ^, William Story. 


Jiili/ l'> — Thomas Eastborn died. He was b. in Baltimore 
Sept. 5,'l80:'.; m'd Sept. 2, 183.5, Elizabeth Jones, b. in Mason Co., 
Ky., Aug. 30, 1810; came to Platte in 1839. Ch: 

L MARTHA EASTBORN, b. Dec. 1, 1836; m'd Dec. 15, 1855, 
Jas. Allison. 
n. JAS. EASTBORN, b. Dec. 23, 1838; m'd Aug. 5, 1866, Cor. 
TIL FRANK EASTBORN, b. March 17, 1811; m'd in March, 1866, 

Marv Brown. 
IV. MARY EASTBORN, b. Jan. 30, 1841; m'd July 4. 1861, Jasper 

After Mr. Eastborn's death, his widow. Eliz., m'd Aug. 
28, 1849. William Brown. Ch: 
V. Wn.LIA:\[ BROWN, b. June 12, 1850; m'd June 1, 1882, Tillie 
VL ROBERT BROWN, b. March 23, 1854; m'd Feb. 14, 1881. Cora 


JkIi/ 22 — Dr. Wm. M. Macey's estate administered pn by J. S. 
Thomas. Dr. Macey was a native of Kentucky. After reading 
his preparatory course, he attended medical lectures at Cincinnati. 
He came west in 1S40, and settled at Platte City. He m'd Sept. 
29, L841, Ann P. Winston, dr. of Gen. Joseph. She died, leaving 
07ie child, JokoiJi P. ]\[acey, now of Colorado. Dr. INfacey was 
genial and sociable. He was given to speculating in land. Being 
without means, he purchased on credit. To engage in trade, he 

1847, AUG. 92 A. MILLER.. 

forsook bis profession. After the death of his first wife, Dr. 
Macey married again. His wife lives, childless, in Jackson 
Count}', Mo. Joseph Macey espoused the side of the South, and 
in the border warfare made his name famous by his deeds of 


Aug. 2 — John Miller's estate administered on by John D. and 
Jas. A. Miller. Bond, |6,000. 


Aug. 3 — Andrew Miller's estate administered on by Thos. 
Allen. His widow was Nancy, and his ch: 1, Sarah Miller, m'd 
John M. Pauley; 2, Margaret Miller; 3, Eliz. Cowan; 4, Mary R., 

m'd Samuel Lawson; 5, Rebecca Miller, m'd Noland, and 

Their ch were: [«] Jas. Noland; [f>] Andrew; [c] Margaret E.; 
[d] Nancy; [e] Wesley; [f] Sarah A.; [9] Mary A. Noland; 
[?'] Jas. Noland. 6, Children of Isaac Miller: J, Eveline; 2. Sarah 
A. ; 3, Martha J. ; Jf, Minerva ; 5, Kate Miller. 


Aug. 4 — William' H. Leachman's estate administered on by 
James Leachman. His only child was 

L JAMES LEACHMAN, m'd Matilda, who survived him, 
and died in August, 1855. Ch. of James and Matilda: 

1. Mary Leachman, m'd Jas. Saunders. 

2. Matilda Leachman, m'd Dr. Ben Bonifant. 

3. Amanda, b. 1840; d. childless, July 30, 1865; m'd Judge 

H. J. Wolf, who d. July 10. 1867. Judge Wolf was a 
classical scholar, an excellent lawj^er, and a finished 
gentleman. He was the partner, for years, of Hon. 
Jas. N. Burnes ; served a term as judge of the Weston 
Court of Common Pleas, and at the time of his death 
was a member of the Legislature. 
Aug. 10 — Henry Colman buys in Block 17, Weston. 


Aug. 11 — Hugh ]\IcEowen's estate administered on by T. T. 
Jones. Bond, $12,000. He was b. in New Jersey in 1804 ; removed 
to Ohio, where he m'd Juliana Shrader, b. in Philadelphia in 
ISOn; d. in Platte Feb. 24, 1876. Mr. McEowen d. June 27, 1847. 
He wns a fanner of little education, but, by industry and fair deal 
ing. hnd accumulnted a good estate. Ch: 

L JOHN :\rfEOWEN (ii). b. ]\ray 26, LS29, in Ohio; m'd Feb. 14, 
1 866. Lucella A nders. dr. of David. Ch : 
L Kate Ler McEmren. b. Feb. 27, 1867. 


II. HUGH McEOWEX (ii). b. July 8, 1831, in Indiana; m'd Feb. 
28. 1866, Mary M. Sloan, b. June 6. IS.^rj, dr. of William. 
They are living eonifurtably, but childless, in Kansas City, 

III. SAMUEL :McEOWEX. m'd Joanna Swinford, and d. childless. 


Sept. 1 — Simpson Park and Win. A. White buy farms five 
miles east of Platte Cit.y. 

Sept. 3 — Col. Lewis Burnes buvs Lot 11, Block 52, Weston, 
at 1100. 

E. S. Wilkinson is now living in Platte City, and assists 
McLane in publishing the Argus. 

Sept. IJf — Geo. W. Kav's estate is administered on by Thos. J. 
Keller. Bond,' '.$3,000. 


Sept. 3 — The soldiers of the Mexican War return, the term 
of their enlistment having expired. A grand barbecue is given 
them, in the Platte bottom, opposite Platte City. A rain cast a 
damper on the meeting, ret the concourse was immense. Two 
long trenches were dug, filled with wood, which was burned, and 
over the embers whole oxen were roasted. 

Albert G. Wilson's estate administered on bv Hiram Rich. 
Bond, 12,000. 


Oct. o — J. A. Wright's estate administered on bv Coldeu 
Brown. Bond, |1,200. He fell at Cienega, New Mexico. His 
widow married L. Shepard. 

Jas. B. Martin administered on the estate of John Riley Owen, 
a corporal in Jesse Morin's company. He fell. July 0, 1847. at 
Senegal Creek, New Mexico. 


Two brothers, Wilson and Abel Owen, were reared in North 
Carolina. Their ancestor came from >\'ales. Only one of AVilson 
Owen's children interests us — Stacy Owen, who married L. C. 
(Cub) Jack. She d. Feb. 8, 1806, in 'Grant City, Mo., and will be 
noticed with her liusband. But three of Abel Owen's sons were 
distinguished in the annals of Platte: 

1847, SEPT. 94 THE OWENS. 

I. JONES HARVEY OWEN, was appointed by Gov. Boggs, 
early in 1839, the first slieriff of Platte, and was subse- 
quently elected to the same office. He possessed vigor, 
both of body and mind, and made an excellent officer. He 
went to Santa F6 with Gen. Doniphan, and distinguished 
himself as a soldier. After the Mexican War, he went to 
California, where he d. May 8, 1858, aged 55. He never 
n. JOHN RILEY OWEN'S death has just been noticed. He 
was deputy sheriff under his brother Jones H., and was a 
merrj", carousing young man; but sobered down after 
marrying the lovely Josephine Martin, dr. of Zadock 
Martin, the pioneer. She died a year after marriage, 
leaving an infant, Susanna Owen, who died just as she was 
verging on womanhood. Mr. Owen then entered the Army 
of the West, and was killed as stated. 
ni. MOSEBY NEELY OWEN, son of Abel Owen and Eliz. 
Gooch, was b. in North Carolina Oct. 11, 1802; d. in Platte 
City July 4, 1860; m'd April 1, 1831, in Lexington, Mo., 
Eveline Jack, dr. of Capt. William Jack. She was b. Jan. 
4, 1810; d. in Jacksonville, Oregon, Dec. 14, 1869. Mr. 
Owen was a Whig, but was twice chosen sheriff of Platte. 
His agreeable manners and just deportment, his generous 
nature and boundless hospitality inspired love and con- 
fidence and made him exceedingly popular. He purchased 
Dr. Callahan's interest in the Platte City Water Mills, and, 
for years we were partners. The following verse from a 
poem I wrote at his grave expresses my esteem: 

An honest man lies 'neath this sod — 

My genial friend and elder brother. 
We knelt together serving God ; 

With mingling souls we loved each other. 
His generous heart and open hand 

In hospitality abounded; 
His hand was true, his words were bland. 

And faithful friends his board surrounded. 


As has been stated, fell July 9, 1847, at the battle of Cienega, New 
Mexico. He was a tall and agreeable man. and lived four miles 
southeast of Platte City. His widow. Elizabeth, administered. 
His large and valuablo farm was partitioned among his children. 
Mrs. Larkin d. in Oot.. 1809. 

L GEO. W. LARKIN, m'd March 15, 1877. :\[ary J. Cole, dr. of 
William. No ch. 

1847, NOV. 95 JOHN H. HARPER. 


Nov. 2 — James Finch's estate administered on by Margaret 
Finch. Bond, |3,000. 


Nov. J} — James Williams' estate administered by his widow, 
Harriet. Their eh: 
IL LAURA WILLIAMS, m'd 1st, a Hill, who d., leaving 
1. Laura Hill, m'd Henry C. Reynolds. 
in. ELIZA WILLIAMS, m'd a Mulkey," and d.. leaving 
1. Sarah H. Mulkey. 
Jesse Morin bought one undivided half of the Platte City 
Water Mills, of Bright. Martin, for |2,000. 


Nov. 18 — J. H. Harper, son-in-law of Sam'l Owens, of Inde- 
pendence, having obtained a change of venue from Jackson, was 
tried here for murder, and acquitted. The trial was interesting 
and the whole community was excited. That night the friends 
of Harper had a grand drunken carousal. ''Old Sacramento," the 
cannon brought back from New Mexico by the soldiers, was 
brought forth and doubly charged with powder; the heavens were 
made to tremble and the earth to shrink with terror. In the 
morning there was not a whole light in the court-house windows, 
and the county court had to appropriate $50 for repairs. 

Nov. 22 — Richard Meek, Jr., buys ten acres of land north of 
Weston, and lays off his addition. 

Nov. 29 — James G. Hodge's estate is administered on by Geo. 
Quimby and Eliza Hodge. Mr. Hodge was the father of Mrs. Mar- 
cella Young, and was the first husband of Mrs. Eliza Tolley. 



Dec. Jf — Rev. Jesse Moore, of the Cumberland Presbyterian 
Church, died. Born and reared in Kentucky, he m'd Mary Ann 
Story, of Mt. Sterling, b. Oct. 23, 1807. They came to Missouri in 
1847, and the same year Mr. Moore died. The widow m'd in 1854. 
John Smith, and they lived in Weston. She died Feb. 7, 1893, and 
Mr. Smith survived her only a few days. Her ch. by her first 

1847, DEC. 96 THE MOORES. 

I. S. B. MOORE, of Larned, Kansas. 
11. JAMES E. MOORE, now of De Kalb, was assistant cashier 
of the Weston branch of the Mechanics' Bank of Missouri, 
and a man of much sprightliness. 
ni. KATE MOORE, wife of J. C. Crook, of St. Joe. 
IV. HARRIET, m'd 1st, H. N. Risk. She m'd 2d, Xoy. 26, 1896, 
Robert Collier, Sr. 
y. DR. WILLIAM E. MOORE, of Kansas. 
VI. THOMAS M. MOORE, now a merchant of Dearborn, and a 
gentleman of refinement and business qualifications. 

1. Jettie Moore, m'd Dec. 25, 1892, R. H. Bruce. 

2. Li da il/oore, m'd Feb. 24, 1894, B. F. Sampson. 

Vli. BEN F. MOORE, b. in Indiana March 18, 1847. In 1883 he 
located in Weston, where he held the office of postmaster. 
He m'd Jan. 19, 1877, Augusta A. Dickson, a step-daughter 
of Ad. Smith, late of latan. Ch : 
1. Lena D. Moore. 2. Ine^ C. 3. Ben F., Jr. 
Dec. 6— Dr. W. S. May's will probated. He had become in- 
temperate, and in a spree at Parkville took morphine, and died. 
He was buried at the graveyard on his homestead. (See his 
sketch.) He was a surgeon in Doniphan's regiment, and went to 
Santa F^. 

Dec. 8 — James H. Nash buys property in Parkville. 


February 14, Melvin McKee m'd Mary McAdow, dr. of Geo. 
March 18, W. A. Singleton m'd Cath. Miller. 
March 23, Ben Wood m'd Mary A. Menifee. 
June 10, Mad. J. Drais m'd Lucinda J. Swaney. 


Heaven was propitious, and crops were good. The hemp crop 
reached 1,500 tons; at .f 100 per ton, this brought |150,000 into the 
county. But chills and fevers were almost universal. I, myself, 
sufl'ered with them for three months. Lands were in demand at 
.^8 and ^W per acre. The war brought gold into circulation. The 
])aper of only specie-paying banks was received. Owen & Estill 
put up a ^10.000 packing-house and bought 8,000 hogs. Perrj^s & 
Young erected a spacious steam flouring mill. Freight to St. 
Louis is 37 cents. The rushes in the ^Missouri bottoms are ex- 
hausted nnrl herders are now driving to the islands, above, in the 

James C. Cochran came in 1847, and settled in Preston Town- 
ship, and has prospered by farming. He is a. son of Jonathan 
Cochran, and was b. in West Virginia Oct. 15, 1820. He m'd Mary 
Ann Pnvne. of Fleming Co.. Kv. Ch: 

1847, DEC. 97 THE COCHRANS. 

I. HENRY S. COCHRAN, m'd March o,1890,Nannie Dougherty. 
II. NETTIE T. COCHRAN, ni'd Tavlor Boery. 

III. GEORGIA A. COCHRAN, m'd \Vm. Mays. 

IV. MARGARET A. COCHRAN, m'd Horace Chrisman. 
V. MARY V. COCHRAN, m'd Ben Carpenter. 

VI. JOHN COCHRAN, d.; m'd Amanda Lanham. 

Postage stamps were nsed for the first time in the United 
States in 1847. 



Governor, John C. Edwards; Circuit Judge, S. L. Leonard; 
County Justices, Mayo, Freeland, and Barnett; Sheriff, M. N. 
Owen; Surveyor, Israel May: Representatives, Wm. Conway and 
L. Calvert; Circuit Clerk. Ira Norris; County Clerk, D. P. Lewis: 
Public Administrator, G. W. Goodlander; Assessor, Levi Macey. 


At Platte City: Attorneys — Almond, Baldwin, Clark, Jones. 
Norton, Pitt, Rees, Spratt, Thomas, Vories, Wilson. 

Physicians — Baldwin, Callahan, Benton, Marshall, Shrock, 
Black, McCalister. 

Merchants, etc. — Black & Dickson, Brown, Johnston & Keith, 
Johnston (postmaster), Fleshman, Ku^^kendall & Remington, 
McCausland & Brauham, Murray & Freeland, Green, Gaines, 
Martin & Co. 

At Weston: Attorneys — Bird, Burnes, Hardin, McCurdy, 
Tylee, Tutt, Wolf. 

Physicians — Bonifant, Bowers, ■\Ialin, Ridley, Fulton. 

Merchants, etc. — Basye, Blanjour. Bell & Venable, Belt & 
Murphy, Bowman, Briggs, Burnes Bros., Ferguys & Ranson, Hat- 
tenback & Dessaux, Holladay, Hood. Noble, Parrott. Perrys & 
Young, Post & Railey, Owen & Estill, Lowe, Warner, Wentworth, 
Wood, Dye, McHolland. 

At ParTcrUlr: Aspling & Stephens, Burney, Burnes, Crust, 
Davis, Ringo, Park & Parsons, Summers & Hord, Miller, Good- 

At Farley: Burnes & Stiles. 

At latmi: N. J. Alexander. 

At Neto Market: Dr. Bishop, Dr. Field. Sol. Bishop. 

At Ridgehj: Adams (postmaster). Ellington. Phillips. 

1848, JAN. 98 THE McQUEENS. 


THOMAS McQueen. 

Jan. 11 — rHis estate is administered on by John Bane. Bond, 
12.700. He was a farmer, living southeast of Platte City. Ch: 
I. THOMAS McQueen (ii), went to California, 
n. SARAH, m'd Henry Eatliff. Ch: 

1. Mary RatUff, m'd Clerk Warder, and lives in Johnson 

County, Mo. 
Sarah died and Henry Eatliff m'd 2d, Jan. 1, 1878, Eliza 
J. Blanchard. 
III. URLIH McQUEEX. m'd Nov. .30, 1860. Mary E. Joiner. No 

JV. MARY J. McQueen, m'd 1st, G. W. Morehead. She m'd 2d, 
Adam Mann. No ch. 

^'i. wn.LL\M McQueen. 

Jan. 12— n. B. Callerman buys the S. W. i of Sec. 16, T. -51, 
R. 33, near Barry, for |600. 

This year G. W. Threlkeld, father of John E.. of Parkville, 
settled, with his wife, Eveline (Sexton) Threlkeld, at Kansas Cit\', 
and started a livery stable. There were then only three resi- 
dences in the town. Geo. W. d. in 1851, aged 38. 


• Fel). 2 — Treaty- of peace with Mexico concluded. 

Feh. 3 — Stephen Johnston buys the Eades farm, three miles 
east of Platte City. 

Fel). 9 — Ann Strode, administratrix of Constant Strode. 

Henry Smith, administrator of Francis Early. 

Feb. 19 — Jacob Swope succeeds G. W. Goodlander as public 


March 1 — Dnunshoi) licenses are now granted to all appli- 
cants, for 130, divided equally between State and county. 

March 8 — S. S. Larose. aduiiuistrator of W. G. Smith. Bond, 

March .0— The county purchases the N. W. ] of Sec. 24, T. 54, 
R. 34. for a poor-house farm. The claim was bought, and the 
land entered at |200. 

March 1'/ — J. P. Thompson, adniiuislrator of Shelby Graves. 
Bond. .*400. 

1848, MARCH. 99 D. A. SUTTON. 

March 2,') — V\'\\\. \\'ilsoii, admiuistrator of Samuel Wilsuu. 
Bond, 12,000. 

Jas. S. Thomas resigns as coiiiil v treasurer, and Jas. Kuykcn 
da 11 succeeds. Bond, |20,000. 


April 1 — Many new State roads are established by the Legis- 
lature. Large damages are claimed on the State roads from 
Parkville to Plattsburg, and from Weston to Plattsburg, for the 
right of way. 


April Jf — His estate was administered on by his son, John G. 
Sutton. Bond. |5.000. 

Hon. D. A. Sutton was b. in 1795; m'd 1820, Caro Grant; re- 
sided in the Missouri bottom, above Farley. A fatal epidemic pre- 
vailed in 1848, in the vicinity of Farley, and Mr, Sutton was one 
of the victims. His wife's death followed three w'eeks later. He 
was a native of Fayette Co., Ky. He was a man of native intellect, 
as well as of educational acquirements. He was an excellent 
architect, and prepared the plan and specifications of our tirst 
( ourt-house, and was superintendent of its construction. He 
also superintended the construction of the first bridge over Platte 
River, at Platte City. After the death of Dr. Holt, in 1840, he 
was chosen his successor in the Legislature. He w^as well read in 
literature and science, and agreeable as well as instructive in 
conversation. Ch : 

L WILLIAM B. SUTTON, b. in 1821; d. in the West, April 20, 
1847, before his parents. He was a private in Maj. Jesse 
Morin's battalion of mounted volunteers in the Mexican 
War, and d. on dutv. Never married. 
IL HENRY D. SUTTON," b. in 1831; m'dT)ct. 9, 1856, Nancy Lan- 
ter, dr. of Thomas. Thev went to Texas. 
HI. JOHN G. SUTTON, b. May 2, 1823; m'd Dec. 27, 1849, Aurey 
Hunt, dr. of David, by his tirst wife. She died, leaving 
1. Darid; 2, Henri/, both of whom died unmarried. 
John G. has married again, and lives in northwestern 
1\'. MARY P. SUTTON, b. IMarch 15, 1832; m'd March 22, 1849, 
Marion Todd, son of Major William Todd (see), and b. in 
Clay Co., Mo., Aug. 10, 1823; d. in Bates Co., Mo., Oct. 3. 
1893. She survives. Ch: 

1. Sarah Ellen Toihh b. May 13, 1850; m'd Feb. 1, 1871, 
Dr. John S. Tisdale, b. July 17, 1817; d. in Clay. May 
13, 1874; buried at Todd Cemetery in Platte. Ch: 
,[«] Fannie S. Tisdale, b. Dec. fi, 1871. 

^;j vJ' Awi W »"' ^* 

1848, APRIL. 100 NAT SCOTT. 

Sarah Ellen m'd 2d, Nov. 16, 1870, Peter H. Harsel. Ob: 
[&] Thos. L., b. Marcb 11, 1878; [f] Mary P., b. 
June 22, 1883. 

2. Henry E. Todd, b. Dec. 28, 1851 ; d. in Colo., May 18, 1883. 

3 and 4. Wm. C. and Lucy F. (twins), b. Feb. 3, 1855. 
William is an epileptic. Lucy F. m'd Feb. 14, 1878, 
Alf. D. Moore. Ch: [«] Clinton C. Moore, b. May 
20, 1880; [&] Grace, b. June 5, 1883; others not 

5. MolUe Paulina Todd, b. April 4, 1857. 

6. John 8. Todd, b. Aug. 12, 1859 ; m'd Dec. 4, 1884, Amelia 

B. Stewart. Ch: [«] Marcus T., b. Sept. 22, 1885; 
[b] Mollie, b. Oct. 23, 1888; [c] Xellie Mav, b. Aug. 
13, 1890. 

7. Marcus P. Todd, b. March 9, 1863. 

8. Annie L. Todd, b. Nov. 26, 1865; m'd Oct. 6, 1885, W. H. 

The Todd familv live in Merwin, Mo. 
V. RUTH ELLEN SUTTON, b. in 1826; m'd Geo. P. Southard; 
d. in Oct., 1863. Ch: 

1. Juliet Southard, m'd Feb. 28, 1872, Wm. McWhirt. 

2. Elizaheth. 3. George D. Southard. 


Will probated, and W. C. Scott and Jos. Shannon qualify as 
executors. Bond, |2,500. He left a widow and ch : 1, Elizabeth ; 
2. John L.; 3, Nathan. 4, Julian Clark. 5, Susan Cain. 6, Mary 
F. ; 7, Ch. of Ben Snider. 



May i— Expenditures |5,090.14 

Receipts 4.184.99 | 905.14 

Add estimated debt, 1847 .. 6,001.00 

Debt, 1848 |6,906.14 



Poor-house farm f 672.00 

Paupers 841.00 

Konds and bridges 241.00 

Assessor (Macey) 173.00 

Investigating connnittees 812.00 

Conntv (V»nrt .Justices 288.00 

Jail. .' 198.00 

Sheritf (Owen) 4.82.00 

Circuit Clerk (Norris) 268.00 

County Clerk (Lewis) 918.00 

Miscellaneous 1,202.14 

Total 16,906.11 

W. B. Almond resigns as county attorney. 
The county court orders a house to be built on the poor-house 


Maij -'/ — His will probated, dated March 15, 1848. He was a 
wealthy and influential man. His widow, Rebecca, d. in May, 
1855. Ch: 

L MARY C. HERNDON, m'd Rev.Robt.Scott.a pioneer Presby- 
terian preacher, w^ho built up Ridgely Academy, became 
involved, went to West Virginia, and died. Ch: 

1. Edward H. Scott. 2. James. 8. Mac/gie. 4. Rohert. 
5. Kate. 6. John. 7. Pa.rton. 8. Loumi Scott. 
U. MARIA L. HERNDON, m'd John Darst. He d.. leaving 

1. Margaret, b. April 26, 1846; m'd Oct. 8, 1867, Rev. T. 
R.'Valliant, b. in Talbot Co., Md., April 12, 1885; 
came w^est, enlisted in the Confederate army, and 
served four years; went to Clarksville, Tenn.; was 
ordained an Episcopal minister in 1878, by Bishop 
Quintard; the same year commenced preaching at 
Weston, and in a short time came to Platte City to 
take charge of the business department of the Land- 
mark. In a short time he became proprietor and 
editor. He was a true friend of the South, and an 
ardent Democrat. He was a good writer of sketches, 
])roficient in rhetoric, but deficient in logic. Under 
his management the Landmark became an influential 
paper. His Chrisfian spirit, kindness of heart, and 
liis suavity of manner made him a general favorite. 
Though I repeatedly offered to pay for the paper, he 
would accept nothing. With so unselfish a spirit, 
he was always in pecuniary straits. Of course he 
was loved and trusted. In December, 1888, he de- 
termined to devote Ills life fullv to the niinistrv. and 

1848, MAY. 102 THE HERN DONS. 

the Landiuai-k was sold to J. B. Mundy. But au 
insidious disease had already attacked his frame, 
and Feb, 6, 1890, he was called to a glorious reward. 
He was an ardent Mason, and found delight in the 
duties of that faternity. Ch: [«] Louise Yalliant, 
b. Aug. 10, 1868; d. Aug. 5, 1890. She enjoyed the 
distinction of being the "Daughter of Belt Com- 
mandery.-' But she did not live long to wear the 
mantle, which no other young lady has been thought 
worthy to take up. [>'] Laura Valliant, b, June 
30, 1878, [f] E, Darst Valliant, b, Oct, 6, 1875; an 
officer in the Camden Point Military Institute. 
[^l] Augusta S,, b, July 22. 1878; [e] Thos. R., b, June 
28, 1881; [f] Margaret, b. Dec, 9, 1885; [ff] Varda M., 
b, Aug. 22, 1888, 
2, Jolm E. Darst, b. Aug, 31, 1849; m^d Cassie Elley, b, 
Feb. 13, 1855, Ch: [«] Elley Darst, Live in Bates 
County, Mo, 
IJ J, SETH E, HERNDON, m'd Ange Shortridge. Ch : 

1, Dora. 

2, Jud(/e W. S. Herndon, b. Nov. 5, 1855 ; m'd Nov. 28, 1892, 

Maggie McPhetridge, of Plattsburg. He studied 
law and was enrolled a member of our bar April 1, 
1881, After practicing in Platte City, he removed 
Oct. 20, 1883, to Stewartsville, and thence to Platts- 
burg. Having received the Democratic nomination 
for judge of this circuit, he was elected in November, 
1892, to that office, which he now holds. 

3, Alhert 8. Herndon. 4, Harry. 5, Julia. 

W. EDWARD B. HERNDON, d, in Mav, 1853, unmarried, 
V, HENRY HERNDON, m'd March 31, 1863, Augusta A, Young, 
She died, and he married again, Thev live in California. 
VL SUSANNA HERNDON, b, in Kentucky May 21, 1838; d. 
March 9, 1877; m'd Nov, 2, 1863, Huston McFarland, b. in 
Ste. Genevieve, Mo., Dec. 28, 1813; d. June 8, 1888. He 
removed to Cooper Co., Mo., and thence, in 1837, to Platte. 

He m'd 1st, by whom he had 

\. William McFnrland, of (iallatin, ^Mo., a man highly 
esteemed and beloved. 
Huston McFarland had by his secoiid wife. Sus, B„ ch: 

2. Maqqic McFarland, b, Jan. 14. 1852; d. Feb. 17, 1889; 

m'd Nov. 3, 1887, Arthur G, Meads. No ch, 

3, Mar II McFarland , b, March 17, 1867; m'd Nov, 3, 1887, 

T'linton B. Cockrill, b. Sept, 11, 1862. son of Clinton. 
Sr. They now live at the old Cockrill homestead, 
two miles west of Platte City. ^Ir. Cockrill is a man 
of business qualifications and financial ability. He 
is farming, and assisting his aged father in managing 
his large estate: Ch: \/'] ^Maggie ^[ay Cockrill, 

1848, MAY. 103 GEO. K. MITCHELL. 

b. ( )c.t. 5, 188S; a. June 14, ISlMi; ['>] Thos. M., b. Sept. 
7, 18!»0; ['J John, b. Fob. 8, lS!):i. 
VII. SAKAH E. HEKNDON, ni'd March 2, 1800, E. S. Daltou. Ch; 
1. Man/ Dalton. 2. Harry. X Robt. L., ni'd Effie Smith, 
of Clinton. 4. WiUinm. 5. Junior DaUnn. 


Mail 6 — His estate was phiced in charge of Mitchell & Collins. 
He m'dElizabeth Walls. Ch: 

L NANCY, in"d a Walker. 
n. MADISON W. MITCHELL, b. in Woodford Co., Ky., Dec. 12, 
1811; came to Platte in 1844; m'd Feb. 8, 18:58, Mary M. 
Guthrie, dr. of V\'m., b. Dec. 3, 1823; d. March 4, 18U6. 

1. Thomas A. MitchcU, b. Sept. 4, 1848; m'd Dec. 22, 1870, 

Jennie McKinnin. Ch: [«] John M., b. Nov. 24, 
1871; m'd Dec. 14, 1892, Lydia A. Wallace; [&] Thos. 
F., b. Jan. 3, 1873; [c] Hugh C, b. Nov. 18, 1870; 
[fl] Maud E., b. April 2, 1880; [e] Harry F., b. 
Aug. 18, 1882. 

2. Oscar B. Mitchell b. Oct 11, 185.o; m'd Oct. 11, 1877, 

Emma Benner, dr. of Nic. Ch: [«] Ida Ruth; 
[f^] Chas. D. 

3. Wm. W. Mitchell, d. April 12, 1888. 

Geo. K. ^litchell left 3 sons in Kentucky: 1. Geo. B. 
2, Jas. W. 3, William. 


Chiefly through the enterprise of Hon. Wm. M. Kincaid, of 
C'amden Point, a joint stock association was formed, and eight 
acres of ground purchased for a female academjv The board of 
managers was composed of twelve men, each of whom subscribed 
1200. Their names: 1, John C. Bywaters; 2, Ed. P. Duncan; 
3. John Freeland; 4, Jona. F. Forbis; 5, John W. Forbis; 6, AIL 
Jack; 7, Hiram Jeter; 8, W. M. Kincaid; 9, W. M. Paxton; 
10, A. L. Perrin; 11, A. P. Reed; 12, Phinehas Skinner. Subscrip 
tions were circulated in all parts of the county, and the necessary 
amount was raised. 

Majf 20 — The county court approj>riated |100 to buy a 
money safe. 


June 5 — James H. Biggs' estate administered on by J. P. 
Thompson. Bond, |1,000. 


Sam'l R. Hughes' estate administered on by Smith Calvert. 
Bond, 12.000. Mr. Hughes was the only son of Judge ^\. M. 

1848, JUNE. 104 FANNY OWENS. 

Hughes He was intemperate, and, with him, the name became 
extinct in Judge Hughes' posterity. Samuel m'd Ann W. Calvert, 
dr. of Smith. She survived her husband, and d. childless July 6, 
1851, aged 22. 

. M. N. Owen is paid by the county |7.5 for taking the census of 
the county. 

June 6 — -Joseph James' estate administered on by Barbara 
James. Bond, $500. 

The county court appropriates $.300 to pave in front of the 

June 12 — John Adams' estate administered on by Geo. Gab- 
bert. Bond, |.3,500. 


Fanny Owens' will probated, and J. W. Vineyard qualifies as 
executor. Bond, flO.OOO. She was the widow of the celebrated 
Sam'l Owens, of Independence, Mo., who fell at the battle of 
Sacramento, in the Mexican War. by a suicidal exposure of him- 
self. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Owens came to Platte 
to dwell among her relatives — the Vineyards, Mitchells, and 


July 3 — Henry Lowman's estate administered on by Jacob 


Wilson Potter's will probated, and Holland and Potter 
qualify as executors. He names in his will no widow, and men- 
tions only part of his children : 1, Mary Ann Boydston ; 2, Sarah 
Jones, who had died, leaving ch: [«] Anna. M. .Jones; [^] Wilson 
W. Jones; [c]Eliz. -Jones; 3, John Potter. 


William Malott's will probated, and his Avidow, Christina 
(Moore) Malott, qualifies as executrix. Ch: 

T. JOHN SOUTH MALOTT, m'd Sarah B. McAlexander. He 
was a farmer, and a man of note in his day. He sold to 
Simpson Park his fine farm, four miles southeast of Platte 
City. Ch : 

L Pnlh/ Malott, m'd -Joel Turner Mooi-e (first wife), who 

will be noticed. 
2. Ami E. Malott, b. ]Mav 23, 1850: nvd April 28, 1870. 
John L. Pibnrn. b. Julv 10, 1840, in Bay Co. Ch: 
["] Simon C. Pibnrn. b. June 20, 1872; ["] Jas. W., b. 
Dof. 27, 1874; p] Ceorge. b. Nov. 0. 1877; [<^] Milton, 

1848, JULY. 105 THE MALOTTS. 

b. Oct. 1, 1880; [c] Fnuikliii. b. June 22, 1882; 
[/] Gi-aut, b. Aug-. 8, 1885; [u] Isaac, b. April 2(5. 
1888; [''] Sallie, b. Dee. :iO. 1891. 

3. Alice Malott, ra'd Jas. Elgin. Live in Colorado. 

4. Geo. Malott. 5. Izona Alalott. m'd Robert Gregory. 
6. Melissa Malott, m.^di>Qhuy\ei' (\vi.'gor\. 7. IFw. G., m'd 

Ennua Rogers. 8. Huhla J., in'd .lames F. Tavlor. 
!». -fohu ^y., b. Sept. 20. 1870. 10. Kate, m'd Pej^ton Wade. 


VI. KATE MALOTT. m'd Madison Rogers. 
VIL JASPER X. MALOTT. m'd :Marv F. :Moore. 
VIIL SALLIE MALOTT, m'd Franklin Starkie. 
IX. REBECCA MALOTT. m'd John Rogers. 

X. LOUISA MALOTT, m'd Dan'l Dnnagan. 
XL AXDREW MALOTT, lives in Kansas. 


Au(j. 4 — Rev. Edmund Wright, Presbyterian minister, buys 
property in Weston. 


Presidential Tote: Z. Taylor (Whig), 1,.362,212; Cass (Demo- 
i:rat), 1,223,795; Van Buren (Free Soil), 291,378. Austin A. King 
was chosen Governor; Wm. P. Hall reelected to Congress, from 
the 4th District, by a majority of 6.422, over E. M. Samuel (Whig). 

County Ticket: Representatives, H. L. Wilkinson and A. M. 
Robinson; Sheriff, ^f. X. Owen; County .Justices, Barnett, Wood, 
and Cliinn. 

Aug. 9 — The Roman Catholic Church of Weston buy Block 1. 
for a church lot. 

C. R. P. Wentworth is n|)]>()inted guardian for his wife, who 
is declared insane. 

Aug. 15 — The people of Bariy buy a site for a school-house. 

Aug. 18 — The county road running east from Main Street, 
Platte City, after much litigation, is i-stablished. 


Sept. 4 — The site of the Quinn school-house is purchased. 
The site of Camden Point public school is bought. 


Sept. 9 — His estate is administered on by Emily Lindsay. 
Bond, $1,200. .Tames C. Lindsay lii came from Pennsylvania in 

1848, SEPT. 106 MARRIAGES. 

1838 with Emily, bis wife, and settled near Bee Creek Mills. She 
was killed, a year after her husband's death, by a fall from a horse. 
Their onlv ch : 

I. JAMES C. LINDSAY (ii), b. July 15, 1840; m'd Feb. 29, 1865, 
Ruth Grutchfield. They live near Woodruff. Ch : 

1. Edicord C. Lindsai/, m'd Dec. 20, 1891, Ida MeClain. dr. 

of A. J. Ch: i«] Thurman. 

2. Lula Lindsai/. m'd Jan. 31, 1894, Jas. T. Fairhurst. 

3. Cora B., m'd Feb. 28, 1894. B. M. Van Meter. 

4. Jos. H. Lindsai/. 5. Jas. P. G. Sallie. 


Oct. i4 — Bishop Kendrick hnjs a site in the N. E. | of Sec. 31. 
T. 51. R. 34. for a Roman Catholic church. 

Judge Wm. B. Barnett, of the county court, disappears, but 
returns with excuses for his absence. Yet subsequently he leaves 
to return no more, much to the embarrassment of his creditors. 

W. L. Blanton locates at Platte City as a shoemaker. 


Xor. 7 — Matthias Masten's estate administered on by Lem. 
vSparks. Bond, |500. He was one of the justices of the peace 
appointed. by the county court of Clay. His only child. Joseph, 
died before him. 

Thos. W. Davis buys property in Parkville. 

Prices: Bacon, hams, 4 cents; beeves, 24 cents; coffee. 10 
cents; corn, 20 cents; hemp, per ton, flOO; hogs, dressed. 2i cents; 
sugar, 6^ cents ; wheat, 70 cents. 


February 14, Elisha Green (ii) m'd Eliz. J. Hamilton. 
March 16, John Houts m'd Eliz. S. Bowman. 
March 30, Ben Grable m'd Serilda Rose. 
May 16, Peter Klamm m'd Margaret Brenner. 
June 20. Jacob Cox m'd Susan Noble. 

1849, JAN. 107 BUSINESS. 



Governor. A. A. Kiug; Cougressiiiaii, W. 1'. llall; Kepre- 
sentatives, H. L. Wilkei-son, \. M. llobinsoii; Circuit -ludge. S. L. 
Leonard; Circuit Clerk,Ira Norris; County -Justices, W. B, Barnett, 
R. Chinn, and L. J. Wood; County Clerk, D. P. Lewis; tSlierirt. 
M, N. Owen; Treasurer, J. S, Thomas; Assessor, E. M. Dobsou; 
Public Administrator, Jacob Swope; Surveyor, Israel May. 


At Platte City: Attorneys — Shubal Allen, \\. B. Almond, 
Jas. H. Baldwin, J as. Cardenbire, Thos. Herndon, 1. X. Jones, E. H. 
Norton,, Amos Kees, Jas. G. Spratt, J. S. Thomas, H. M. Vories, 
John Wilson. 

Physicians — W'm. Baklwin, 11. 1>. Callahan, F. Marshall, N, 
M. Shrock. 

Merchants, etc. — Black & Dickson, Blanton, Brown, Ferrier, 
Fleshman, Horr, Hyatt, Green, Gaines, Johnston (postmaster), 
S. Johnston, K. D. Johnston, McCausland & Branham, Murray I's: 
Freeland, Kemington & Kuykendall. Townsend, Martin & Morin. 

At Weston: Attornejs — L. 1). Bird, J. N. Burnes. John Doni 
phan, J. K. Hardin, J. R. fyl<it>. 

Physicians — Bonifaut, Malin, Ridley, Fulton. 

Merchants, etc. — Basye, Bell & Venable, Belt, Blanjour, 
Burnes & Bros., Bowman, Cody, Dye, Ferguys & Ranson, Knud- 
son, Hattenback & Desseaux, Holladay, Noble, Owen & Estill, 
Perrys & Young, Post & Railey, Parrotts, Rich & Wilson, Wall- 
ingford, \^'entworth, Wood. 

At Pa)-ktiUc: Aspling & Stephens, Burney, Davis, Embry, 
Barnes, Crust. Hord, Nash, Summers, Ringo. 

At Neic Market: Armstiong, Jiishop, Cartwright, Singleton. 

At RkJijeJji: Adams, Ellington, Oden, Phillips, Hill. 

At Farley: Stiles, Burnes & Co. 


Jan. 20 — The bridge over Sugar Creek is finished. 


Jan. 2o — Edwin G. Adkins died. He was b. in Owen Co., Ky, 
in 1800; m'd in 1823, Eliz. Garvey, dr. of Job Garvey, a soldier of 
the Revolutionary War. She survived her husband, and died 
A})ril 4, 188:'. In 1884 the family came to Lewis Co., Mo., and in 
1846 to Platte, settling three miles southeast of Plafte City. Ch: 
L BEAT^FORD D. ADKINS, b. in Owen Co.. Kv.. Nov. l.j. 1824; 

1849, JAN. 108 THE ADKINS. 


d. in Platte, Jan. 21, 1878; m'd June 3, 1847, Margaret F. 
Bivins, b. Feb. 16, 1831, in Clay; d. in 1895. She was a sis- 
ter to the widows of Daniel Carey and John Cain. Mr. Ad- 
kins was an enterprising farmer and stock-raiser, living 
six miles southeast of Platte City. Ch : 

1. Lizzie Adl-ins, b. Dec. 7, 1848; m'd Jan. 21. 1868, John 

L. Collier, b. in 1836 ; d. March 23. 1896. They lived in 
Kansas Cit3^ Ch: ["] Maggie Collier, m'd Clark 
Simpson; ['&] Lucy, m'd June 14, 1893, W. L. Rock; 
[c] Annie D. 

2. Jas. D. Adldns, b. May 29, 1852. 

3. Anna, m'd Oct. 15, 1871, Dav. E. Pendleton. 

4. Nora B. AdJdns, b. Sept. 30, 1859; m'd Jan. 22, 1883, 

John L. Baldwin, of Clav. 

5. Hattie H. Adl-ins. b. Feb. 7, 1862; m'd Sept. 14, 1886. G. 

M. Adair, of Illinois. Ch: [«] Willie. 

6. WiUie Adl-ins, b. May 1. 1864; m'd Nov. 19, 1885, W. L. 

Black, of Kansas City. 

7. Benj. G. Adl-ins. b. May 5, 1866; m'd Mamie Clark, and 

lives in Springfield, Mo. 

8. Ella C. Adl-ins, b. Dec. 8. 1868; m'd Sept. 10, 1889, Rev. 

James Froman, of the Cumberland Presbvterian 

9. 2Iinnie D. AdUns. b. Nov. 17. 1871; m'd Sept. 28, 1892, 

Benj. F. Oldham 
ri. JAMES ADKINS, b. in Owen Co., Ky., Dec. 7, 1830; d. at 
Jefferson City, Mo., Feb. 6, 1885; m'd May 27, 1851, Calista 
Remington, b. May 4, 1830, in Vermilion Co., Ilk, and now a 
widow in Platte City. Mr. Adkins was a politician of popu- 
larity and distinction. He went to Atchison Co., Kansas, 
prior to the war, and was elected sheriff of the county, mem- 
ber of a Constitutional Convention, and of the Legislature. 
But he was not allowed, for political reasons, to take his 
seat in the House. Returning to Platte, he served as dep- 
uty sheriff, under Bryant, and was three times elected 
representative; he died in office. 

^\v. Adkins was one of my intimate friends, and in the 
embi-oglio of Ring and Sorehead, we stood shoulder to 
shoulder, in support of the latter. A stanza from one of 
the poems I published in his memory expresses my apprecia- 
tion of his character: 

A bold and magnanimous knight, 

He knew neither fear nor rei)roach ; 
On innocence, virtue, and right 

He suffered no man to encroach. 
Iui]»etuons, firm, and severe. 

Discouragement quifkened his zeal; 
And prudent, when dangers were near. 
His nerves were as rigid as steel. 

1849, JAN. 109 THE ADKINS. 

His children: 

1. Edicin h\ Adkiiis, h. May 4, 1852; in'd Dec. 17, 1873, Har 

riet L. Searcy; went to Utah. 

2. Eugene R. Adkins, h. Oct. 12, 1854; d. July 21, 1880; m'd 

Sept. 2, 187!J, Carrie King-. 

3. Frank R. Adkins, h. Oct. :ilS5{i; m'd in Utah. 

4. Helen C. Adkins, b. Aug. 4, 1860; m'd Jan. 7, 1880, Jas. 

Wren, b. Sept. 9, 1844. He is an enterprising and 
prosperous farmer, living three miles northwest of 
Platte City. Ch: [«] Kula Wren. b. Dec. 25, 1880: 
[&] Jas. A., b. Mav 5, 1882; [f] Sr;san E. Wren. b. 
Jan. 7, 1888. 

5. Joel M. Adkins, b. Nov. 10, 1862, 

6. Birdie, b. April 23, 1865; m'd Jan. 6, 1886, Thos. J. 

Thatcher, of Smithville. 

7. James C. Adkins, b. Feb. 13, 1869. 

in. GRANVILLE ADKINS, m'd Dec. 16, 1856, Medelina (Delia) 
Patterson. She was the only child of the distinguished 
Prof. Arch. Patterson and his wife, a Miss Kemper, of 
Walnut Hills, Cincinnati. She was a lady of superior 
education and accomplishments. She died childless. May 
31, 1875, in Leavenv/orth, and was buried at Platte City. 
Mr. Adkins is still single, and lives at St. Joseph. He repre 
sented Buchanan County in the Legislature and was coal 
oil inspector. 

IV. AMANDA M. ADKINS, b. in Lewis Co., Mo., Sept. 15, 1837; 
d. at Winchester, Kan., Oct. 15, 1881; buried at Platte City; 
m'd April 21, 1854, W. C. Remington, b. March 8, 1819j d. at 
Omaha, Neb., Dec. 20, 1864 ; buried at Platte City, He came 
to Platte City in 1843; was appointed assessor, and subse- 
quently elected circuit clerk. He refused to take the oath 
required by the ousting ordinance, and opened a hotel in 
Omaha. His handsome brick residence in Platte City was 
burned in July, 1864, by Federal orders. 

He first m'd July 2, 1848, Sarah J. Kuykendall, dr. of 
Judge James, who d. Aug. 30, 1853, leaving 

1. Jennie Remington, who m'd Sept. 28, 1871, W. L. 

Blakely. They live in Denver. 
By second wife: 

2. Craight Remington, b. 18.55; d. in Kansas, Feb. 13, 1882. 

3. Jas. W. Remington, m'd Laura Johnson; and d. in Leav- 

enworth, leaving 7 ch. 

4. May (a boy), lives in Kansas City. 
V. JANE ADKINS, m'd Howard Conlev. 

VL JOHN ADKINS, d. Sept. 5, 1868. 

VIL WALLER ADKINS, d. April 26, 1808. 




Feb. S — The discovery of gold in California creates intense 
excitement. Wm. B. Almond, an old mountaineer, as well as an 
educated and accomplished jurist, forms a company of forty emi- 
grants, and draws up a constitution for their government. The 
volume in which their proceedings were recorded has lately come 
to light. It is now a record of the San Francisco Court of First 
Instance, and was used as a minute book in the court over w^hich 
Gen. Almond presided, from October 17, 1849. to May 6. 1850. 
The book shows the company was organized February .3. 1849. 
The last entry is July 29, 1849, when the company reached Fort 
Sutter, and dissolved, with a vote of thanks to Capt. Almond for 
his discretion, enterprise, and energy. Among the emigrants of 
1849 I remember: W. B. Almond, W. R. Bane, G. P. Dorriss, 
Perry Keith, Ben Holladaj', R. Mat. Johnston, Richard Murphy, 
John S. and Wm. Brasfield". R. P. Wood, John G. Hay den. Platte 
sent 350 emigrants. 

Holladay & Warner sent a train to Salt Lake with .f 70,000 
in goods. 

Feb. o — John Doniphan enrolled as an attorney. 

The county court appropriates $1,000. and appoints Dr. H. 
D. Oden commissioner, to build a bridge over Platte, at Skinner's 
Mill. A further amount is raised by subscription. 


Feb. 21 — An act of the Legislature incorporated "The Platte 
River Navigation Company," with J. H. Baldwin, Elisha Green, 
Andrew Johnson, Jas. Kuykendall, Hugh Swaney, and John Wil- 
son, directors, with power to make locks and dams, aud to create 
water-power. Nothing was done. 


March 3 — Rev. Geo. S. Woodward, a graduate of Bowdoin 
College, commences preaching to the Presbyterian Church at 
I'arkville, with only three members, and yet a house of worship 
and a parsonage are built. He laid a foundation for the immense 
work that followed at Parkville. 

March 10 — The office of county treasurer is made elective, and 
an election appointed for August. 

The Jackson pro-.slavery resolutions passed by the Legislature, 
and the Democratic party is disrui)ted in Missouri. 



There were no fall rains, and hemp was covered throughout 
the winter by from 10 to 15 inches of snow. The spring opened 
with continued rains. The ])i-ice was |4, and at that sum T en 
gaged 12.") tons before the market opened. The farmers were late 
in breaking out their hem]), luil all was saved. 


April // — Lewns J. Wood resigns as county court justice, and 
Peter Rogers is appointed in his i)lace. 

April 13— A copy of the Piaffe Arf/us of this date is extant. 
J. W. Denver is editor. The California fever is raging. 

Prices: Bacon and lard, 9 cents; coffee, 10 cents; corn. 50 
cents; sugar, G cents. The county court pays |12 for a cow and 
calf for the poor-house. 



Warrants drawn |S,.30S.75 

Revenue collected 6.922.17 

Deficit I1.476..5S 

Purpose of Ewpendifurcs. 

Poor-house and poor 11,709.00 

Assessor S9.00 

County Justices 100.00 

Roads, besides Internal Improvement Fund 100. 00 

Jail S.Oii 

Treasurer (Thomas) 270.00 

Sundries 1.:170.7.~ 

Printing 2.00 

County Clerk (Lewis) 1.077.00 

County Attorney l.'O.OO 

Paving '. aoO.OO 

Sheriff (Ow^en) 255.00 

Circuit Clerk (Norris) 04.00 

Bridges 2,4;^.5.00i 


County levy. 'AO cents. Assessnu'ut of real estate, .fl. 091. 155. 
State school moneys, |1,2.'^0..S1. 

Remington &: Kuvk'endall buv of Don'iss Lot 1. Block 29 
Platte Citv. 

1849, MAY. 112 THE BOWMANS. 

May 7 — Fielding Cockrill is appointed commissioner to build 
a bridge over Burckhartt's Branch, 

Judge W. B. Barnett appears, after his escapade, and takes his 
seat as county judge. In his absence the court had recommended 
Geo. T. Hulse. " 

Phinehas Skinner takes out ferry license, at Ringold, until 
the bridge is finished. 

May 9 — Senator Benton publishes his appeal from the resolu- 
tions passed by the Legislature, denouncing them as treasonable. 

James Kuykendall is appointed treasurer until the next gen- 
eral election in August. 

Isaac Eades' estate is administered on by John Eades. Isaac 
m'd Harriet Brunts, dr. of John. 

May 15 — Alex. Baker is appointed administrator of Richard 
Dillon. ' 

May 21 — Mount Zion Baptist Church buys a site for a house 
of worship in Sec. 20. T. 54, R. .3.3. 

May SO — Eliezer Wilhite buys property in Weston, ^nd erects 
a steam flouring mill. 

This month the great fire in St. Louis occurred; 23 steamers 
and 12,7.50,000 worth of property burned. 


June 2 — Samuel Bowman's estate is administered on by L. P. 
Stiles. His will is dated May 22. 1849. He had a beautiful bot- 
tom farm, near Farlev. His widow's name was Jane, and their ch : 
n.^ MICHAEL BOT\^]\rAN, d. single. 
ni. JACOB BOWMAN, died, and his only child soon followed, 

leaving his widow, Sarah, sole heir. 
IV. HENRY, d. in Jan., 1803, leaving a widow, Sarah, and a child; 
1. Mary J. 
Vn. THOS. H. 

vm. JOHN :\r. 

TX. SARAH B0W:MAN. mVl March 10, LS48, John Houts. Ch: 

L Jacol). 
X. LAVINIA.m'dMcClain. 

JnneS — Hnmpliicy Fiiu-irs estnte administered on by Finch & 


His estnte was administered on by W. M. Paxton. He was 
born in Ohio, and there he was married, and there his wife died In 

1849, JUNE. 113 THE BROWNS, 

1838 he came to Platte. >viili his (liihlrcii. iuul settled on Wildcat 
Branch of Tod<Vs ri-cck. Scvei;)! nl' his rliihlicn ncvei- came west. 
Those that came: 

I. OBED BKOWX (ii), \n\\ Elizn ( Jiovcr iUul will be noticed. 
II. LOIS BROWN, was the second wife of Barnet Sisk. 
in. LUMMUS BKOWN, m'd Feb. 8, 1848, Drusilla, dr. of Leonard 

IV. CLARISSA BROAVN, m'd Jed. Primly, and went to Kansas. 
Jinic 6 — Coleby Powell's estate administered on by R. F. 
Mason. Bond, $7,000. 


For some years after this bridge was built, the trestle at its 
center was left standing, but it w^as washed out by drift that 
lodged iigainst it. The bridge then careened over, and threatened 
1o fall up strenm. But a stout brace was fastened in the rock bot 
torn of the river, and secured it. But this was liable to be torn 
out by drift, and the court appoints Elisha (Jreen commissioner, 
and a])propriates $1,500 to erect a pier in the middle of the stream. 

David Cordray's estate administered on by John Doniphan. 

June 10 — B. F. Warren's estate administered by John Meek. 


William O. Tate's estate was administered on by Lydia Tnte. 
Bond, .$2,200. He was an officer in J. Moriu's company, and was 
severelv wounded in New IMexico. He came home, and died 
March 10, 1S40. He m'd in 1825, Lydia Sloan, b. May 15, 1804, 
d. Jan. 18, 1S94. She was a dr. of David Sloan. C\\: 
L ROBERT, lives single. 
IL JAMES TATE, m'd ^liranda II. Lewis, dr. of Judge D. P. 
Lewis. She d. Nov. 1:5, 1894. LTe is a prosjun'ous faruicr. 
four miles southeast of Platte City. Ch: 

1. Wm. 0. Tate (ii). 

2. Dfin'l Boone Tate, m'd Aug. 0. 1800. Ida B. Aiuistroug. 
?>. John W. Tate, m'd Etia Cole. 

4. Tallmati Tate. 

.5. Beaj. F. Tate, m'd Aug. 20, 1872, Cyrcna Sloan. 

6. David Tate. 

7. Jennie Tate, m'd ^Maich 14, 1875, ^Marcus A. Cox, d. 

8. Belle Tate. 

IIL NANCY J. TATE, m'd John Boyd, who left her. 
IV. ALEX. TATE, killed in a well. 
V. MINERVA ANN TATE, m'd Wm. .VUison. and lives in Kan- 
sas Citv. 5 ch: 

June 16 — Senator Benton s])oke in Liberty against the resolu- 
tions passed b}- the Lc^gislature. 



June 19 — Felix G, Cockrill, a merchant of Weston, died, and 
his widow, p]lizabeth, administered, with Fielding Cockrill, giving 
bond for |30,000. 

The father of the Cockrill brothers was Joseph Cockrill, of 
Maryland. He m'd Nancy Lucas, and removed to Fayette Co., 
Ky., and here the sons were born. The family removed to Howard 
Co., Mo., and thence to Randoljih Co. Here Joseph, the father, 
died in 1826. His widows came to Platte, and died in 1853. In 
1812 the three brothers came to Platte. Felix G. went into the 
mercantile business in Weston, and Fielding and Clinton settled 
three miles west of Platte City, on a splendid body of land. Ch : 


Born in Fayette Co., Ky., April 10, 1804; d. in Platte Jan. 28, 
1852; m'd Sept. 8, 1834, Martha A. Chapman, b. April 6, 1806; d. 
Sept. 4, 1859. She was a dr. of Edmund Chapman, b. Jan. 3, 1764. 
Mr. Cockrill w^as tall and imposing in person, formal in address, 
deliberate in speech, and sound in judgment. After engaging 
successfully in various enterprises in Randolph County, Mr. Cock- 
rill came to Platte, and selected, three miles west of Platte, a fer- 
tile and beautiful farm, and was accumulating wealth, when death 
€alled him awav. Ch: 

L EDMUND CHAPMAN COCKRILL, b. in Randolph Co. Feb. 
4, 1840; d. at Kansas City Nov. 11, 1892, and buried at 
Platte City; m'd Feb. 3, 1868, Lucretia McCluer, b. Nov. 
24, 1840; living in Platte City. She was a dr. of Maj. John 
H. McCluer and Ann McGrew; and a most lovely woman. 
Mr. Cockrill was a gentleman of education, business quali- 
fications, and urbane address. He held the offices, suc- 
cessively, of treasurer and collector of Platte County. 
He was a zealous member of the Christian Church in Platte 
City, an elder of the church, and a superintendent of 
the Snbbath-school. He removed to Kansas City a few 
years before his death. His generous heart and liberal 
hand caused him to live beyond his income, and he left 
little m()r(^ than a good name to his widow and children. 

1. HiiniKi. b. Feb. 25. 1S(;4; m'd Mux 13, 1886, Archie R. 

.lack. b. .May 20, 1S55. Mr. Jack is a son of the late 
Alfred Jack, is cashier of the Platte City Exchange 
P»ank, and is regarded as one of the best accountants 
in the State. He enjoys universal confidence and 
esteem. Th: ["1 Tjiiian :\r. Jack, b. March 23, 1887; 
[''] .\rcliic <'.. 1). Oct. 2S. 1888; [''] Gordon L., b. 
Oct. 27, 1S90. 

2. .foscph Citrl-rill. b. Feb. (I, 18(;(;. 
:*.. Fnnil: )/.. b. Dec. 24. lS(i9. 


4. Mattic L. CockrilL h. March 7, 1871*; m'd Jan. 1, 1805, 
Jas. T. Clark. 

Mr. Oockrill served a term in Winston's re<;iment of Con- 
federates. He was a Knight Templar, and was buried with 
the honors of the order. 
II. F. (tKUNDY COCKRILL, b. March 23, 1847; d. Oct. 28, 1879; 
m'd Oct. 18, 18«>G. Cynthia Ttibble. b. Nov. '2:\, 1849; living 
at Tracy. He was a man of engaging address, gentle man- 
ners, and much beloved for his amiable disposition. He 
received a finished education at Bethany College, Va., and, 
from 1872 until his death, he was the senior member of the 
banking firm of Cockrill & Co., at Platte City. We were 
friends, and met daily in our respective duties; and when 
cut off by death, I paid him a poetic tribute, from which I 
copy a stanza : 

We grieve not if the fruit-tree die, 

Before it blooms, or after bearing; 
But o'er its lovely flowers we sigh. 

If rudely crushed by hand unsparing. 
Farewell! the flower so harshly crushed 

In heaven is now in beauty blooming: 
Farewell! the lamp that feebly flushed 

Is now the throne of God illuming. 

His children : 

1. Lizzie M. Cockrill b. July 24, 187(5; m'd Nov. 23, 1887, 

John A. Bryant. They live in Kansas City. 
2 (7^arr«ceL., b.'Oct. 8, 1869. 

3. Nellie 1/., b. March 17, 1873 ; m'd Oct. 1, 1891, Arthur 


4. r//-jn/(///, b. Oct. 10, 1878. 

5. Ci/vfhia (Genie), b. Oct. 0, 1870; m'd Oct. 29, 1895, 

Andrew B. Fish. 
III. WILLIAM F. COCKRILL. b. March 5, 1851; m'd Oct. 3, 1872, 
Helen Cockrill (cousin), b. July 11, 1854, dr. of Clinton Cock- 
rill. Their ch : 

1. Walter Coel-rill b. Oct. 25, 1880. 

2. Cootef<, b. Oct. 27, 1884. 

Mr. Cockrill becanu^ intemperate, was divorced, and now 
lives in Chicago. 


Born in Fayette Co., Ky., April 10, 1810; m'd Sept. 29, 1836, Mary 
E. Coates, b. April 25, 1822, dr. of Judge Thomas P. Coates, of 
Randolph Co., Mo. Both are living at Platte City. Mr. Cockrill 
learned the hatter's business, but never engaged in it. He also 
tried merchandising with success, in Randolph Co., Mo. In 1842 
he came to Platte, with his brothers, and settled three miles west 
of Platte City. He purchased a large tract of land, which he dis- 


tribiited among bis cliildren. He is the largest capitalist in the 
county, and is still wealth}^, though he has advanced bis children 
largeh'. He loans money on real estate, makes his office in the 
Exchange Bank, and, though hard of hearing and of defective 
sight, manages his large estate with judgment and success. His 
insight into character is remarkable, and his judgment is so pro 
found that he is seldom deceived. The aged couple celebrated 
their golden wedding in 1886, and on every birthday of the father 
the whole family gather around their parents, Mrs. Cockrill yet 
seems a young woman. Mr. Cockrill depends upon his own judg- 
ment in all his dealings. He never formed a partnership, and has 
but seldom had a lawsuit. Ch: 

I. EMMA COCKMLL, b. Oct. 1, 1845; m'd Nov. 25, 1862. John 
W. Spratley. They live in Leavenworth. Emma is now a 
fresh, hale, and hearty woman, and though moving in the 
highest sphere of society, is zealous in every good work. 
She graduated at Prof. H. B. Todd's Academy, and by read- 
ing and by literary association keeps up with the learning 
of the day. She has traveled extensively, and has seen 
much of the world. Mr. Spratley has a. turn for financial 
schemes, and has profited by his superior judgment and 
acumen. Ch: 

1. John Spratley, Jr. 
II. THOMAS G. COCKRILL, b. Oct. .3, 1849 ; m'd Nov. 22. 1870, 
Bettie Chesnut, b. May 25, 1852, dr. of Judge Wm. Chesnut. 
After receiving a good education, Mr. Cockrill became a 
member of thebanking firm of Merryman,Paxton& Cockrill. 
in Platte City, and was cashier for the house. But he re- 
moved to a fine farm, five miles east of Platte City, and is 
engaged in raising stock. He is generous and honorable, 
and enjoys universal esteem. Mrs. Cockrill is a lovely 
woman, beautiful in person and fascinating in her man- 
ners. Ch : 

1. Dr. Chesnut Cockrill b. Sept. 14, 1871; m'd Sept. 2.3. 

1896, Nellie Oaks. 

2. Ida. .3. June CochriU. b. April 10, 1878. 4. David. 
5. Grundy. 6. Lucetta. 7. Narhonne. 

in. FIELDING fFEDE) N. COCKRILL, b. Dec. 4. 1851; m'd 
March 18. 1880. Dora B. INIoore. dr. of John. 

IV. HELEN C. COCKRILL. noticed above, m'd April 16, 1891. 
Byron Woodson, a young lawyer of finished education and 
supei'ior acquirements. He practiced in Platte City and 
St. Joseph. l)ut is now on the ancestral farm of the Cock- 
rills. Ch: 

1. Jarvi ft Woodson. 
V. CLINTON BARTLETT COCKRILL. b. Sept. 11. 1862; m'd 
Nov. 3, 1887, Marv McFarland. (See.) 

YL ELLA :\rAY COr'KRILL. b. Dec. 24. 1865; mVl Feb. 11. 1885, 
John T, Mason, b. Nov. 4. 1860. He is a man of native mind 


and solid a((]iiiiciiu'iils. lie is an ainaUuir in photography, 
and keeps an oflfice in IMatte City. He has erected a spa- 
cious and costly residence near Platte City, and the old 
people, parents of Mrs. Mason, live with their daughter. 
Ella May is a small, sweet, pure, and lovely woman. Ch : 

1. M. il/. Mason, h. March 0. 1887. 

2. Emlie Mason, b. Jan. 22, 1889. 


Born in Fayette Co.. Ky., Dec. 27, 1811; m'd in 1842, in Randolph 
Co., Mo., Eliz. Oxley; came on to Weston, and engaged in the dry 
goods trade. He d. June 19, 1849, leaving an estate of |20,006. 
which was divided between his widow and his brothers. The 
widow m'd Aug. 10, 1852. Perry Keith, and died, leaving no child 
by either husband. Mr. Keith m'd 2d. March 19, 1856, Mrs. Emma 
Mulhurn, n^e Boyd. 


June 18 — Senator Benton spoke at Platte City, in support of 
his appeal to the people from the Jackson resolutions, passed 
March 10, 1849, intended to insti'uct Benton out of the Senate. In 
his circuit of the State, Benton appeared at Platte City. A stand 
had been erected, where Koster's Addition was subsequently laid 
off. The town was full of people opposed to Benton. At the 
stand there were only two or three hundred. Representative 
Wilkerson. who had voted for the resolutions, took a prominent 
place, immediately in front of the speaker. 1 was reclining on the 
grass, in the rear, conversing with Col. J. W. Reid, who had just 
returned from the Mexican War. Suddenly, Benton's voice rose 
to its highest pitch, and Col. Reid instantly sprang to his feet, and 
dashed to the stand. I followed, and found him standing at Ben- 
ton's side, with two revolvers in hand, and two more at his sides. 
Wilkerson having pronounced some stalcmcnt of P.cMilon's "a lie," 
the latter was ])ouring bitter denunciation on tlie treasonable 
Legislature, and pointing the finger of scorn and the voice of im- 
precation u])on the pale and crouching form of Wilkerson. Ben- 
ton was severe in his denunciation of Judge Birch, and brought 
charges for which a suit of slander was instituted, but which never 
came to trial. 

June 21 — AVilliani P»rown. a merchant of IMatte City, having 
died, James W. Denvei* was appointed administi-ator. ^Ir. Brown 
left a widow, who still lives in Kansas City, and a dr., Laura V. 
Brown, who m'd Feb. 2. 1800. A. :\[ilton Johnston, son of Capt. R. 
D. Johnston. Ch: 1, :\rilton; 2, Robt. D.; .".. Albert L. 

1849, JUNE. 118 A. ROSS.. 


June 22 — Alex. Eoss having died, Andrew Tribble adminis- 
tered. Bond, |4,000, He m'd Jane Stewart, dr. of Arch. Stewart 
and Elizabeth Tribble, a sister of Andrew. Mrs. Ross had two 
ch: 1, Wm. A. Ross; 2, Sue Ross. The latter was a lovely and 
accomplished lad}^ She m'd A. L, Reneau, who d., leaving two 
children. Jane, the widow of Alex. Ross, m'd John Smith, who 
(lied, leaving a widow and one child. The child died, leaving the 
real estate to its mother, Jane Smitli, who m'd Z. A. Washburn, 
and died, leaving the Smith land to descend to Wm. A. and Sue 
Ross, who sold it. 


A new State road having been opened on a straight course 
from Platte City to Weston, H. L. Wilkerson is appointed commis- 
sioner to construct a bridge over Bee Creek. 

A hail-storm injures hemp. The Missouri River is high, but 
not out of its banks. 


Juli/ 1 — The State road from Weston to St. Joseph, by way of 
De Kalb, is opened. 

July i7— James H. Stockton having died, Martha Stockton 
is appointed administratrix. Bond, .f 1,000. 


At the sale of personal property- by the administrator of Alex. 
Ross, stock brought the following prices: Cows, .$6 and |9; 
horses, $10, |1S, |30, |50; oxen, per yoke, |13, $.35, -$30, |40; steers, 
$6, $8, $9. 


Aug. 6 — A special election: The Legislature has established 
a probate court for Platte County, and has made the office of 
assessor elective. Jas. Kuykendall is chosen probate judge, and 
E, M. Dobson assessor. 

Phoenix Lodge, No. 30, 1. O. O. F., buys property in Weston. 

H. L. Wilkerson agrees to build the bridge across Bee Creek. 
on the direct road from Platte City to Weston, for |2,200. 

Auf/. 15 — Tim Dowling and .John I^afferty contract to build the 
pier under the Platio City bridg(% for l|2,100.' 

Aug. 23 — Under the act of March 10, 1849, the county court 
lays off the county into 63 road districts, and appoints an overseer 
for each. 

1849, SEPT. 119 ALLEN McLANE. 


/SVyj/. J — The coniily ck'rk is onlcivd lo IkiimI over to I lit- i»i'0- 
batc jiulj^c all i»iobjit«' itapcrs, and to make cei-litied copies for hiiii 
of all piobale records. This was doue in a slovouly manner. The 
records are without an index and of little value. 

Sept. 5 — The Odd Fellows are ordered to vacate the upper and 
east office of the court-house, that it may be used as a probate 
office. Anu)s Rees is also ordei-ed to vacate the uppin- and Avest 

The Methodist riiuich on I>ot :{. IJiock :}a,of IMatte City,is now 
complete, and is used for worshi[) by all denominations. A bar of 
steel is suspended at the door, and is struck with a hammer, as a 

Thos. Herndon is enrolled as an attorney. 

Sept. 21 — Shubal A lieu is enrolled. 


Oct. O— Hiukle, lloUaday, Gotf ^: Warner buy of Estill & 
Woods the Union Mills and a large bod^- of land. 


Oct. 9 — Allen McLane d. on his way to California, at the age 
of 31. He was one of the rising young men of Missouri. He was 
a sou of Dr. Allen McLaue, of Wilmington, Delaware, and Cath- 
erine, dr. of John W. Keed. a signer of the Declaration of Independ- 
ence. He was a nephew of Hon. Lewis McLaue, minister to 
England. He was b. in 1818, and came to Platte in 1842, after 
extensive travel in Europe. With E. S. Wilkinson, he started the 
Ea(/le, the first paper published in Platte. He m'd March 2;"), 1844. 
Jane Kay, dr. of George. She was born April :*>, 1827; d. in 18115. 
He became a warm sujtjioiter of Senator Benton. He was ap- 
pointed register of the State land office at Savannah; but his 
appointment, for political reasons, was rejected by the State 
Senate. But President Polk subsequently appointed him register 
of the Ignited States land office at Plattsburg. This position he 
resigned to emigrate to California. Tlios. Birch succeinled him 
as register. Onlv one child survives: 

L GERTRUDE McLANE, b. Dec. P',, 1844; niM Jan. 3, 1872. 
Levi Allen Hurst, son of Rev. Thos. Hurst. He was b. Oct. 
8, 1840, in Ross Co.. Ohio; cauu^ with his parents to Platte, 
and settled near Hidgely. He is honored for his intellectual 
acquirements and religious walk. His wife is beloved for 
her Christian graces and exeniT)lary deportment. Ch : 

1. Jennie Hur.^t. b. in Oct.. 187:*.. 

2. Thos. A. Hnt.^t, b. Sept. 22. 187!>. 

3. TAzzie Hurst, b. Aug. 10, 1882. 

Mrs. Allen :\rcLaue m'd 2d. X. E. Wilkinson. (See.) 
Oct. IS — Rev. W. XL Thomas buys the Rupe farm of 320 acres, 
in T. .■-)3, R. 34. 

1849, OCT. ■ 120 COUNTY COURT. 

Oct. 16— Col J.olin E. Pitt buvs the X. W. i of Sec. 1, T. 52, 
E. 35. 


Nov. i— Judge Cbinn, of the county court, haviug resigned, 
James B. Martin is appointed. And Judge Wood having resigned 
May 4, Judge Rogers is appointed. And Judge Barnett having re- 
signed June 8, Gen. Thompson Ward is appointed to his place. 
The court is now: Martin, presiding, with Rogers and Ward, 

Nov. 28 — Owen & Estill sell their business property in Weston 
to Wm. H. Bell and Shelton J. Lowe, for $10,000. 


Dec. 31 — The California emigration is the distinguishing fea-' 
4ure of the year 1849. From three to four hundred of our most 
enterprising citizens fell victims to the gold fever. One-half never 
returned, and that half did well or died from home. The other 
half returned, broken in fortune, but satisfied with adventure. 


January 25, J. H. Surratt m'd M. J. Spratt. 
February 1, Perry A. Duncan m'd Hannah Butler. 
February 12, H. J. Moody m'd Malinda Hawn. 
March 20, Jesse Cox m'd Margaret I. Bonnell. 
IVIarch 23, Jas. Drais m'd China Richardson. 
April 29, John Menton m'd Mary W. Barbee. 
IMny 20. Charles Tompkins m'd Polly Lovelady. 


Who Ministered in Platte, from 1837 to 1850, with Dates of 
Arrival and of Church Connection. 

Allen, Jesse, 1840 Cumberland Presbj^terian. 

Allen, Moses, 1840; R. H., 1846 

All(Mi Thos., 1842 

Archer. Singleton, 1843 Baptist 

Alkins, John, 1842 

Barker, Abn*^-. 1849 

Barker, Jas., 1842 

Baxter, W. R, 1848 IMetliodist Episcopal. 

P>owers, Henry, 1849 Baptist. 

Brooks, D. C' 1847 Baptist. 

P.urnett, Glen O.. 1842 Ghristian. 

Bunuss. Pliil. J., 1842 Baptist. 

i'alleniiau. Joliu, 1847 Christian. 

Naples W. G.. 1848 Methodist Episcopal. 

1849, DEC. - 121 PREACHERS. 

Chandler, G. W ., 1S44 Methodist Episcopal. 

Cline, Mat, 1844 

Cox, Jas., 18o8 Christian. 

Davis, Claib, 1847 Cumberland J'resbyterian. 

Devlin, Jos., 184G Methodist Episcopal. 

Drvden, C. F., 1843 

Evans, J. M., 1843 

Fanning, Jos., 1841 

Farmer, Samnel, 1840 

fh-eo-orv. J. D., 1843 

(J rooms, Joel, 1842 Methodist Episcopal. 

Guthrie, Wm. A., 1847 

Heath, John, 1842 iNlethodist Episcopal. 

Heath, Stephen P., 1842 Methodist Episcopal. 

Herbert, Chas. D., 1847 Presbyterian. 

Holland, R. W., 1846 ^ 

Holt, D. R., 1839 Presbyterian. 

Jordan, R. H., 1843 '. 

Kavenaugh, Wm., 1839 

Lanear, W. P., 1844 

Lewis, P>vran, 1839 

Linville, John, 1839 

Love, G. W., 1847 :Nrethodist Episcopal. 

Loveladv, Jas., 1839 

Lowe, S. J., 1840 Baptist. 

McCreerv, P>en, 1848 Cumberland Presbyterian. 

]NrcQueen, J. B., 1843 !^ 

Marlvham, T. B., 1841 Methodist Episcopal. 

Marvin, E. M., 1848 Methodist Episcopal. 

Miller, Richard, 1844 

Oliphant, Sam'l, 1847 Christian. 

Payne, A. H. F., 1843 Christian. 

Perry, John T., 1842 Methodist Episcopal. 

Redman, W. W., 1840 ' Methodist Episcopal. 

Renick. Henry. 1840 

Richni'dson. ^lanoah, 1844 

Rush, Wm. M., 1848 .Methodist Episcopal. 

Scott, Robt., 1845 Presbyterian. 

Simpson. Wm., 1839 

Smith, R. H., 1844. Cumberland Presbyterian. 

Snellinp-. Vincent. 1841 '. 

Steele, O. C, 1839 Christian. 

Talbott, A. :\r.. 1843 

Turner, Thos.. 1839 ..Baptist. 

Tutt, John A., 1840 Christian. 

Vaughn, L., 1840 ^Methodist Episcopal. 

White. Lnther. 1845 

Williams. A. P., 1848 Baptist. 

Williams, Isaiah, 1848 Baptist. 

1850. 122 BUSINESS MEN. 

Wilson. J. D., 1846 

Wilson, Joshua, 1847 Methodist Episcopal. 

Woodward, G. S,, 1849 Presbyterian. 

Wright, Edward, 184G Presbyterian. 


Governor, A. A. King; Congressman, W. P. Hall; Repre- 
sentatives, H. L. Wilkerson and A. M. Robinson; Circuit Judge, 
S. L. Leonard; Circuit Clerk, Ira Norris; County Justices, Martin, 
Rogers, and Ward; County Clerk, U. P. Lewis; Sheriff, M. N. 
Owen; Assessor, E. M. Uobson; Treasurer, Jas. S. Thomas; Pro- 
bate Judge, Jas. Kuykendall; Surveyor, Israel May; Public Ad- 
ministrator, Jacob Swope. 


At Platte City: Attorneys — Almond, Baldwin, Clark, Denver, 
Gardenhire, Herndon, Norton, Pitt, Lawson, Spratt, Thomas, 
Wilson, Rees. 

Physicians — Baldwin, Callahan, Marshall, Shrock, Wallace. 

Merchants, etc. — Black & Dickson, Fleshman, Fox & Brooks. 
Johnston Keith, Johnston, McCausland & Branham, Murray- & 
Freeland, Thos. Metcalfe (postmaster), Shrock & Jack, Green. 
Gaines, L. Ramey, Townsend, Paxton & Callahan, Remington & 
Kuykendall, Ferrier, Martin & Ritner. 

At Weston: Bird.Burnes. Doniphan, Tvlee.Bonif ant. Bowers. 

Merchants, etc.— Basye, Bell & Venable, Bell & Lowe, Belt & 
Murphy. Bowman, Briggs, Burnes & Bros., Holladay, Perrys & 
Young, Noble. Parrott. Raileys, Warner, Wood, Dye, McHolland. 

At Par'kriUe: Aspling & Stephens, Burney, Arnold, Davis. 
Barnes, Crust. Ringo, Summers, Park. 

At Neir ]\[<u'l:et: Armstrong. Bishop. Cartwright. 

At Ridf/rli/: Ellington. Phillips, Black. 

At Farley: Stiles, Burnes & Co. 

Comparative Popuhitiun. 


1810 7,2.39,881 

1820 9,6.3.3,822 

18.30 12,866,020 

1840 17,069,4.53 

18.50 23,191,876 

1850, JAN. 1-23 REV. F. STARR. 


1810 20,845 

1820 66,557 

1830 140,455 

1840 383,702 

1850 682,044 


1840 .. 8,913 

1850 16,845 


Carroll 392 1,824 

Green.. 471 2,123 

Lee 340 1,454 

Marshall 420 1,823 

Pettis 459 2,494 

Pre.ston 142 1,128 

Weston 625 3.150 

White 13,996 

Colored 2,849 

Total 16,845 

Towns: Parkville, 309; Platte City, 411; Weston, 1,915. 
Produce of Platte Conntv, 1850: Hemp, 4,355 tons; wheat, 
129,067 bushels; corn, 1.814,287 bushels. 


Jan. i— William M. Paxton and H. P). Callahan form a part 
nership, buy the store of Jas. H. Johnston, and continue his busi- 
ness of general merchant. 

The Bethel M, E. Church organized. The original members: 
1, Richard Pabcock; 2. Serelda Babcock; 3. Lucinda Babcock; 
4, Jose Elkin; 5. John Flannery; (5, Winifred Flannerv; 7, John 
Hatfield: 8, his Avife; 9, John Keys; 10, his wife; 11, W. H. Kim- 
sey; 12, Susanna Kimsey. 


Feb. 1 — Fredericlc Starr, a I*resbyteriaii minister from 
Rochester, N. Y., settles in Weston, as pastor of the Presbyterian 
Church, He was an outspoken Abolitionist; and during the 
border strife he fearlessly promulgated his princi])les, and built 
up, at Weston, a strong anti-slavery party. His life was often in 
danger from mob-A'iolence, In the midst of the excitement, he 
thought it ]»rudent to remove to St. Louis. He liaveled east, and 
was lionized by his ]»arty. He visited Weston during the war and 
was kindlv rec(MV('d. He died in St. Louis Jan. 8, 1867. 

1850, FEB. 124 THE WILLIAMS. 

Feb. 6 — L. D. Bird buys' for |5,905 a large bottom farm of 
Lewis Burnes, in T. 52, R. 35. Biirnes goes west. 

Feb. 16 — Dr. G. W. Ba^^less, of the Louisville Medical School, 
removes to Missouri, and buys of G. B. Sanderson a large farm 
(Hazlewood) on the road between Weston and Platte City, for 


March 9 — Pleasant Ellington gives a site for a church to the 
Methodists of Ridgeh^ 

March 18 — W. J. Norris buys a farm, including the site of 
Tracy, and builds the brick house now owned by Judge Talbott. 

March 22 — Capt. Andrew Johnson buys a farm three miles 
east of Platte City, and builds the Carmack brick house. 


Aaron Osboru,of New Market, d. in Holt Co.; he was a cabinet- 
maker; m'd Sarah Harker. Ch: 
L MA LINDA, m'd John Chambers. 
II. ELIZABETH, m'd Wm. Gan. 

III. CAPT. AARON F., m'd Winnie A. :Merchant, widow of Thos. 

6 children. 

IV. JOHN W., m'd Julia A. Armstrong. 
V. SARAH, m'd Wm. Lewis, son of Jesse. 


^ April 5— Dr. E. C. Redman settles at Platte City. 

The last of the Martin family, except his son James, goes to 

Holladay & Warner send out to Salt Lake a consignment of 
^150,000 of goods. 


April 12 — ^^■illiam T. Williams d. near Barry. He was b. in 
Pittsvlvania Co., Va., June 5, 1806; m'd in Ky. Olive M. Shelton, 
b. Dec. 24, 1805. Thev came in 184,'^.. Ch : 

I. SARAH E. WILLIA:\rS, m'd W. F. Hobbs, and went to 
ir. .7 AS. W. WILLIAMS, b. April 10, 18:1^; m'd Jan. 28, 1862, 
Sarali E. Dronnon, b. Sept. 14, 1841. Ch: 

1. ]\(ihrrt WiJliaw.'^. m'd Ola Hughes, di-. of Rolx'vt, a son 

of William S. 

2. Mirr. m'd Wm. :\rosobv. X W)ii.A. TT'////V/w.s. 

IIL E:MTL^' a. WILLIAMS, m'd J. L. Hamlet, and removed to 

I\'. HENRIETTA, m'd Nalhaii Kdans. 
A'. JOHN W. WILLIAMS, m'd Sarah E. Williams. ch. 
Vr. ('HAS. A., b. Eel). .^,. 1844; m'd Nov. 14, 1881. Ella Henry. 

Live Ileal' Bari'v. 


1. Jessie O.Williams. 2. Cora E. ?y.Ade('. -^.^ianihA. 
VII. VICTOKIA. m'd Willis Rodman. 

Geo, !r5. rark this Aear erects ilio stone hotel in Parkville. 
which, in 187;"), he gave to Park College, and was known as No. 1, 
until 189;}. It was then remodelled and rebuilt, and a stone tablet 
says it shall be known as "Woodward Hall" in honor of Rev. Geo. 
S. Woodward, the founder of the Taikville Presbyterian Church. 


April 1.1—1. Jas. Adkins and brothers; 2. X. C. P.oydston; 3. T. 
J.Carson; 4, R.P.Clark; T). (nint. Cockrill; 0, T. J. Keller; 7, Abe 
Haitman; 8, W. C. Hatton; 0, Dr. V. Marshall; 10. Pres. McDon- 
ald; 11, M. N. Owen; 12, Thomas Ramey; l.''>. Lewis Ramey; 
14, Daniel Stagg; 15, Jetf. Thompson; 10, Robert Thompson, and 
others, visit California. Did any of them bring back more than 
they took away? 




Revenue Fund .f4,8.38.35 

Poor-house Fund 285.71 

Internal Improvement Fund 026.95 

Warrants drawn 9,928.12 

Overdrafts .i?4,177.11 

Purpose of Expenditures. 

Bridge at latan I 479.00 

P»ridge at Platte City .300.00 

Bridge at Skinner's Mill 700.00 

Bridge at Sugar Creek 827.00 

Bridge at Bee Creek 1,2.50.00 .p.SrjO.OO 

Other roads and bridges 1,010.00 

County Justices 21.3.00 

Countv Clerk 850.00 

Assessor 219.00 

Circuit Clerk 8.00 

Jail 2(;(i.00 

Poor and poor-house 825.00 

Probate office ■ . . . . 208.00 

Sheriff 47.5.00 

Sundry purj)Oses 2.280.12 

Total .1S9.928.12 

Principal of Township School Funds, .f23.880..39. 

1850, MAY. 126 CHOLERA. 


Slaves, 2,045, assessed at | 714,195.00 

Money and notes 287,639.00 

Real estate 1,684,710.00 

Total 12,686,544.00 

County levy on |100, 40 cents. 

May 9— ;-Upper Bee Creek bridge reported finished. 

May 10 — Compass Lodge, No. 120, A. F. & A. M., chartered at 


June 3 — Judge W. B. Barnett, having resigned as county jus- 
tice, disappears, much to the mortification of his friends and 


The first visit of cholera to Platte City was this summer. 
A stranger got out of the stage, and commenced screaming and 
cramping, at the post-office. A hasty consultation was held, and 
Judge Norton, N. H. Hope and W. M. Paxtou determined to lead 
him to a vacant house, standing on the lot occupied by the present 
jail. But the man fell on Main Street, with cramp, and screamed 
so as to alarm the town. We gave him the best of care, but, in 
thirty-six hours, he died. The breath had hardly ceased before a 
trembling gang, who had given no help in the man's lifetime, 
luirried him off in a box, by night, to an improvised grave. His 
name was never learned. Fear settled on the whole county. The 
disease was fatal among emigrants on the plains. Several 
strangers and some citizens died at Weston. 



July 9 — James R. Brown died. He was a son of Henrj^ Brown, 
;m(l came from Kentucky to Ray Co., Mo., and thence to Clay, 
wlun-e he married Jane Campbell. He was not related to Wil- 
liam Brown, whose posterity covered the eastern side of Platte. 

r. ^YASH. H. BROWN, b. Sept. 6, 1831; m\\ in 1859, Susan 
Pierce, b. Jan. 8, 1829. Ch: 

L Mary Jane Brou-ii, b. Oct. 27, 1860. 
2. /?o/jrr^ 7? rojn?, b. Nov. IL 186.5. 
TT. NAT. R. BROWN, twin of Wash. H., mM Cath. Campbell. No 

HI. Will. S. Brown, ni'd Sarah Newell. Ch: 

1. Mary. 2. Maftic. .3. JcsMe. 4. Coiirtnei/ Brou:n. 
IV. REB. BROWN. mVl Abs. Grooms. 4 ch. 




The election resulted in the ehoiee of Congressman, W. I*. 
Hall; Senator, A, M. Kobinson; Sheriff, L. Shepard; Treasurer, 
W. Christison; Representatives, D. D. Burnes, W. H. Summers, 
and R. D. Johnston; Assessor, Jas. F. Bradley; Coroner, A. L. 


Sept. 2 — Andrew Tribblc is ai)i»ointed commissioner to re- 
build the Lower Bee Creek bridge. 

Sept. 14 — S. A. Jack and W. A, Fox buy business property in 
Platte City, and open stores. 


Oct. 1 — The pier under the Platte City bridge is complete. 

The road from Parkville to Platte City is ordered to be opened, 
and |200 is appropriated to build a bridge over Brush Creek. 

Oct. 8 — H. N. Jenks is appointed public administrator. 

The county paid $800 to Kuykendall & Lewis, for their copies 
of the probate records. 

Oct. 10 — E. H. Norton is appointed county attorney, with a 
salary of .flOO. 


Dec. 20 — The Platte City Baptist Church is organized, with 
the following members: 1, Smith Alnut; 2, Nancy Blanton; 
3. Joshua Boyd; 4, Nancy Boyd; 5, Sarah J. Norris; 6, Braxton 
Pollard; 7, Eliz. Pollard; 8, E. T. Perkins; 0, Eliz. Prewitt; 
10, Mary A. Stone; 11, Jas. Stone; 12, Sarah Stone. 


February 3, Michael Hartman m'd Nancy Spratt. 
Ai)ril 23, J. T. V. Thompson m'd Emily Drew. 
July 20, M, L. Young m'd IVfaria L. Lee. 
November 8, James Mulkey m'd Saiah Perkins. 
December 17, Dr. J. D. McCurdy m'd Aletha Walker. 

R. P. Clark is appointed county judge in place of Rogers. 

1851, JAN. 128 BUSINESS MEN. 



Goveruor, A, A. King; Congressman, W. P. Hall; Repre- 
sentatives, Burnes, Summers, and Johnston; Circuit Judge, S, L. 
Leonard; Circuit Clerk, Ira Norris; County Justices, Martin, 
Ward, and Clark; County Clerk, D. P. Lewis; Sheriff, L. Shepard; 
Assessor, J. F. Bradley; Treasurer, William Christison; Sur- 
veyor. Israel May; Coroner, A. L. Perriu; Public Administrator, 
H.'X. Jenks. 


At Platte City: Attorneys — Clark, Denver, Herndon, Law- 
sou, Pitt, Norton, Rees, Spratt, Thomas, Vories, Wilson, Baldwin. 

Physicians — Baldwin, Callahan, Marshall, Cuthrie, Redman, 
Shrock,' Wallace. 

Merchants, etc. — Black & Dickson, Fox & Brooks, Johnston & 
Clark, Fleshman, S. Johnston, R. D. Johnston, Murray & Freeland, 
Paxton & Callahan, Morin & Martin, Shrock & Jack, T. Metcalfe 
(postmaster). Remington & Kuykendall, Townsend, Gaines, Green, 
Ferrier, J. W. Denver, editor of Argus. 

At Weston: Attorneys — Bird, Burnes, Doniphan, Ramage, 
Tylee, McCurdy. 

Physicians — Bouifant, Bowers, Ridley, Fulton. 

Merchants, etc. — Basye, Belt & Colman, Bowman, Briggs, 
Burnes & Bros., Deckelman, Cody, Ferguys, Noble, Osborn, Railey, 
Parrott, Post, Perrys & Young, McCown, Warner, Wood, Snider, 

At PorkriUe: Aspling & Stephens, Arnold, Burney, Davis, 
Goodyear & Roberts, Pai-k, Bueneman. Ringo, Silvey, Summers, 
Drs. Barnes, Crust, Love, Young. 

At New Market: Armstrong, Bishop, Cartwright. 

At Ridgely: Ellington, Phillips, Oden. 


Feh. 77 — Joseph Todd (i) died at his home four miles west of 
Platte City. 


Early in the eighteenth century, Thomas Todd and his wife, 
Elizabeth, came from England, and settled in central Pennsyl- 
vania. They removed thence to North Carolina. They had other 
children, but we are interested in only two: 


Was the younger of the two. She was b. in Pennsylvania Jan. 19, 
1759, and d. in Platte April 30, 1850; m'd in North Carolina March 

1851, FEB. 129 THE TODDS. 

17, 1778, John AV;i<ilt'. b. in Nortli Carolina Oct. 0, 1751. Ue was a 
son of John and Maiy Waglo. John and Jemima were progeni- 
tors of the Phitte County family of that name, and will be noticed. 

Was b. in I'enusylvania about 1748. He m"d Ann Crose, a Geriuan 
lady, and, after residing a time in Rowan Co., X. C, removed to 
Hardin Co., Ky., and thence to Madison Co., Ky. In 1817 he- 
pressed forward to Howard Co., Mo. Here most of his children 
remained. We will name his 1^ children, reserving full notices 
for those who came to Platte: 

I. THO:\rAS TODD, lived and died in Howard. 
II. LSAIAH TODD, went to St. Louis Co. 

III. ELISHA, lived in Clav. 

IV. DAVIS, lived in Howard. 

V. JONATHAN, was killed by Indians. 
VI. LEVI, lived in Howard. 
Vn. JESSE, lived in Clav. 
VHL JOSEPH, came to Platte. 
IX. NANCY TODD, m"d :Muri.hy, and went to St. Louis Co. 

X. SUSAN, m'd McCrea, and went to Illinois. 
XL P>ETSY, m'd Burnan, and lived in Howard. 

XII. PHOEBE, m'd John Wagle, perhaps a cousin. 

XIII. MAJ. WILLIAM TODD, came to Platte. 

Joseph and William were the only sons that came to Platte. 
We will therefore notice them only: 


He was b. in Rowan Co., N. C, Nov. 1, 1777; d. in Platte Feb. 
17, 1851; m'd in Madison Co., Ky., Cynthia Williams, dr. of Jarret 
Williams, of Jefferson Co., Ky. She d. in Platte June 27, 1870. 
aged 89. The marriage took place about 180r{. In 1817 the 
family came in wagons to the Boonslick Country of Missouri, and 
formed a large settlement in the new lands. In the spring of 182-3^ 
the pioneers pressed forward to Clay, the utmost verge of civiliza- 
tion. Mr. Todd's homestead was one mile east of the site of Barry. 
Here he was known as an expert hunter, and an unerring rifle- 
man. Attracted by the lovely prairies and the noble forests of 
our present home, frequent excursions were made into the terri- 
tory. Mr. Todd and his sons, Avith Robert Cain, established a 
sugar camp at the mouth of the creek still known as Todd's Crei^k. 
Long before our lands were open for settlement, the patriarch and 
his sons had chosen valuable claims in the neighborhood known as 
"Hackberry," which is remarkable for fertility. It lay three miles 
west of theFalls of Platte, and on the IMilitary Road from Ft. Leav- 
enworth to Liberty. I often met the tall and stately old gentleman. 
He was upwards of six feet high, and weighed over 200 pounds. 
He had spent his life on the western border, and was a typical 
backwoodsman. He was bui-ied in the sacred graveyard of the 
Todds, where several geueialious of his descendants already lie. 
Children : 


1851, FEB. 130 THE TODDS. 

L KOBEKT TODD, was b. in Madison Co., Ky., Oct. 28, 1804; 
d. Aug. 2.3, 1843; m'd Aug. 13, 1826. Ann Mullins, who d. 
in 18.52. His grave was the first in the Todd cemetery. Ch : 

1. Susan E. Todd, b. Feb. 24, 1828; d. April 12, 1870; m'd 

1st, Dr. Chas. R. Drake, who d. childless. She m'd 
2d, Dr. Jos. M. Holt. (See.) 

2. Joseph Todd (iy). 3. Rohert Todd (ii). 
4. Annie T. Todd, b. Sept. 20, 1837; d. Jan. 17, 1878. She 

m'd 1st, Dr. J. P. Earickson, who d. childless. She 

m'd 2d, Sept. 28, 1866, Hon. Joseph E. Merryman 

(see) (his third wdf e). Mrs. Merryman possessed 

beautj^, yiyacity, grace, and amiability, I was a law 

partner of Mr. Merryman for ten years. He was one 

of the most successful practitioners I eyer met. She 

left: [«] Joseph Merryman; [&] Robert; [c] Todd 


.0. James Todd. 6. Benton Todd, d. in the Southern army. 

II. ANN TODD, b. Sept. 28, 180G; living in Platte City; m'd Fei>. 

6, 1822. John Gumm, who d. leaving one child, Joseph 

Gumm, who d. single, in California, ^frs. Gumm, m'd 2d. 

1839, David Hunt (see) (his second wife), b. in Harden Co.. 

Kv., May 20, 1798 ; d. in Platte in Aug., 1864. His first wife 

was Reli. Boggs, b. Aug. 15, 1796; d. April 16, 1838. Ch. of 

Ann and David : 

1. Elkaheth Hunt, b. Dec. .5, 1840; d. June 13, 1866; m'd 

March 16, 1858, Joseph E. Merryman (his second ^' 
wife), and died, leaving one child, David, who d,. single, p 

2. David Hunt (ii). b. Sept. 13, 1842; m'd Nov. 15, 1866,^ 

Ella Cockrill, dr. of Jerry V. Da-vtd; lives in Kansas, 
and is a well-educated and accomplished gentleman. 
Ella, his wife, was beautiful in youth, and grows 
old gracefully. Their ch: \'i] Louise; [''J Clifton; 
['■] Earl Hunt. 

3. . 1 manda Hnnt, b. Jan. 1 1 , 1 S44 ; m'd Oct. 31, 1860, Henry 

E. Queen, b. in 1835. Ch: ["] Anna M. Queen, b. 

Aug 23, 1861; m'd June 12, 1S83, Tanuey Beaumont, 

b. Jul v 16, 1856. Ch : [ /] Amanda, b. June 22, 1884. 

[''] Mary L. Queen, b. May 18, 1863. 
Mrs. (^uecMi m'd 2d, Dr. Tliouias Beaumont (see), b. Dec. 
21, 1811 : d. Se])t. 25, 1871; no children. He will be noticed 
hereafter. Mrs. Queen is a handsonu' and lovely woman, 
tind unites a charming grace with business qualifications. 
She opened, A])ril 21, 1881, a variety store in Platte City, 
which she still keeps. Nov. 12, 1885, she became post- 
niisfress at PlaJte City, and was in office Ihrougliont Cleve- 
land's first adniinisli-ation. 

4. Williinii //. Hunt. h. Od. 10, 1845; m'd Feb. 4. 18(;s. 

Ann M. CarlwriglU. lie was twice eh^cted sheriff and 


1851, FEB. 131 THE TODDS. 

collector of Platte County. He is an affable gentle- 
man, of fine address and superior business qualifica- 
tions. He has been a resident of Kansas City for 
some years. Cli: ["] Kflie; [''] Xornumd; [c] Cart- 
wrijiht Hunt. 
5. Mail/ Fraiih-ie Hunt. b. :Marcli M. 1S4S; ni'd Oct. IS, 
18(;«;, James L. McCluer, b. March G, 18:{8. Frankie 
is still a lovely wonuin. In her maidenhood she was 
chosen (^ueen of Love and Beauty, b}' a vote of all 
the ladies attending the first great tournament held 
at the fair grounds. 3Iaj. McCluer is a handsome 
and well-educated gentleman. At one time editor, 
and for many years a contributor to the Landmark. 
his literary talent is established. For many years he 
has devoted his atention to fire insurance, and in this 
department he has few equals. Though his business 
calls him to all parts of the West, his family and 
home are now at Platte City. Ch : [«] Edna McCluer, 
b. ]\[ay 1, 1868;.nrd Dec. 2.5, 1887. Hugh C. Gilbert. 
Ch: [i] Frances; [2] Sylvester Gilbert. [&] Beau- 
mont McCluer, b. Julv ic, 1870; ['] Jas. L. (ii), b. 
Aug. 2.3, 1872; [d] Bennett W.. b. June 18, 1876; 
[f] John D., b. Jan. 7, 1881; [f] Marv F., b. Aug. 27, 
1878; [.9] Anna M. McCluer, b. Jan. 7, 188.3; 
[''] Kathleen, b. Julv 20, ^8So; ['] Ruth, b. April 
7, 1888. 
in. JOSEPH TODD (iii). b. Feb. 8, 1808; d. April .30, 1876; m'd 
April 10, 1831, Susan Tribble, dr. of Thomas (see), who d. 
Sept. 22, 1886. Mr. Todd has already been noticed as a 
pioneer; but he deserves further honor for his generous 
heart and liberal hand. When, in 18.58. the raging Platte 
overflowed and destroyed for us, at the Platte City Water 
Mills, many thousand bushels of grain, which had been 
deposited by farmers, he was the only one who offered to 
sustain the loss of his wheat. But T knew that, by law, we 
were to suffer the loss, because we had uiixed his wheat with 
other lots; and we declined his generous offCi*. Whenever 
he left home, he filled his saddle-bags with the choicest 
fruits, for his friends. He lies beside his father in the 
familv burying-ground. His widow m'd John Ellet. (See.) 
Children: ' 

1. Joseph Todd (v), b. Feb. 2, 1840; m'd Jan. 8, 1868, Jose 
Cladding, b. Aug. 23. 1851. H(» is a highly respected 
gentleman, aud lives among his kindred, near the old 
homestead. Ch : ["J Annie Laurie, b. Aug. 3, 1869; 
m'd Dec. 27, 1891, Prof. G. W. Broddus, a graduate 
of Centre College, Ky., and a rising voung lawyer; 
[''] Mamie Todd, b. Sept. 4, 1871; [<?] Ed. C. Todd. b. 
Aug. 9, 1873; [d] .Tessie E.. b. Aug. 25. 1879. 

1851, FEB. 132 THE TODDS. 

2. Oliver S. Todd, b. July 7, 1844; m'd Jan. 28, 1859, Elma- 

reue Pence, dr. of Milton Pence. (See.) She was edu- 
cated at Prof. H. B. Todd's female academy, and was 
a lovely girl with an abundant growth of hair that 
reached to her feet. She died leaving: [«] Susan 
Todd, b. Dec. 19, 1861; m'd 1st. Jan. 7, 1879, Thos. J. 
Morgan, who was killed April 5, 1879, by Ben Ful- 
cher. She then m'd 2d. May 2, 1882, Judge Harmon 
D. Miller (second wife), and has ch: [1] Maud; 
[2] Harmon; [3] Robert W.; [4] Anderson Miller. 
p] Oliver, m'd Aug. 20, 1885, Anna Smith, dr. of 
Adam; [c] Joseph Todd (vi), twin. 

Mr. Oliver S. Todd m'd 2d, July 17. 1866, Dolly F. 
Mav. (See.) 

3. AndreiD T. Todd, b. Jan. 30, 1846; m'd Feb. 12, 1872. 

Laura Madding, b. in Oct., 1854. Ch: [«] Alice 
Todd, m'd F. W. Hennegar; [^'j Andrew, d. Feb. 13, 
1897; [c] Helen; [<^] Park; [e] Wilber Todd. Mr. 
Todd lives in St. Louis. 
IV. JOHN W. TODD, b. Feb. 20, 1810. in Harden Co., Ky.; d. Dec. 
29, 1894, in Colorado; m'd June 23, 1836, Nancy Chance, b. 
June 3, 1817, dr. of Allen. She d. in 1859, and Mr. Todd lived 
single thereafter. He was a soldier in four wars: the 
Black Hawk, the Mormon, the Mexican, and the Civil War. 
He was with Gen. Price in 1961. From his own lips I took 
the following statement of his pioneer experience: "I was 
12 years old when my parents settled in Clay. We took 
a farm a half-mile east of Barry. When we left, my father 
sold to Wm. Thompson. Among our neighbors were Robert 
Cain, Wm. Woods, Wm. Brown, Jos. Cash, Geo. Burnett 
(father of Peter H.), and John Wilson.. In 1827 Fort Leaven 
worth was located. I was on the hill when the soldiers 
were in tents. Col. Leavenworth was in command. The 
Third Infantry first came, and then the Sixth. There were 
no buildings of any kind. At first corn was taken from 
Clay County to the Fort. The next year a detail of soldiers 
cut out a road to Barry, by way of the Falls of Platte, where 
the river was conveniently fordable. The citizens of Clay 
helped on the east end of the road. The Platte was forded 
on the rapids, between the upper and lower falls. The 
stream was then much larger than it now is. The water 
descended the inclined ])]ane of the falls in an unbroken 
sheet with a moui'uful uinrmur. It was found uecessary 
to have ferries upon the two rivers, aud Zndo(k ^Mnrtin wns 
employed to keep them. An old ■SLackinaw boat had been 
used at the Fort. INFartin built a flat ferryboat for the 
Platte. In 1830 I was employed to assist him. and con- 
tinued three years in his service. Though harsh and over- 
bearing. Mnrtin was humane nnrl just in bis dealings. He 

1851, FEB. 133 THE TODDS. 

Avas laigi* and imi.seiilar, and aL lliaL liiiic about 50 years of 
age. His cliildren were: 1, Green T. Martin; 2, Harden 
D.; 3, William . I.; 4, (Jill E.; 5, James B.; G, Milly; 7, Eli/.a- 
beth; 8, Jane; 9, Josephine. Where Tracy now stands he 
had a 30-acre field. Another field was in Sand Prairie, 
opposite the Fort. In 1830 he had a contract to furnish the 
Fort with beef. He bought his cattle in Clay and Ray. 
When, in 1836, the Pottawatomies were preparing to leave, 
I was employed by Wm. Gordon, their agent, to go with 
him and 25 of the Indians to select a reservation for them. 
We traveled up the Missouri, on horseback, with packed 
mules, as far as Council Blutls. Thence we passed through 
Iowa to Rock Island, and through Illinois to Chicago. 
Here I was paid my wages, and returned by stage to St. 
Louis, and by steamer to Clay. The Pottawatomies chose 
land in Iowa, east of the Missouri. The Indians left in 1837. 
just as the fiood of white population poured upon the rich 
and virgin soil of Pla( te." Ch : 

1. Ann Todd, b. March 17, 18:]7; dead; m'd Jacob F. 

Hawke; no children. 

2. Will}(im Todd, b. Jan. 29, 1839; m'd Lvdia A. Horn- 

buckle. Ch: [«] Joseph Todd (viii); [&] Robert; 

[c] Green (iv); [(}] Mav Todd. 

3. (Ircen D. Todd (ii), b. July 23, 1841. 

4. Sarah Todd, b. Jan. 15, 1844; dead; m'd Aaron Durfee. 

Ch: [«] Chas. Durfee; [^] Joseph; [c] Abbie; 

[d] Sarah. 

5. Samuel T. Todd, b. Sept. 4. 1848; dead. 

6. Joseph A. Todd (ix), b. June 25, 1851; m'd March 7, 

1877, Jennie Owens, b. Sept. 21, 1824; d. INIav 1, 1893. 
Children: [«] DufT A. Todd, lives in Oregon. 

7. Janrf Todd (iii). b. April 2(5, 185(^.; dead. 

Y. MARY (POLLY) TODD. b. in Feb., 1812; m'd August 14, 1828, 
David English ; both dead. Ch : 

1. Charles Eiu/Ush. 2. Cynthia. 3. Robert. 4. David. 
5. Joseph. 
YI. WTLLIA:\r T(^DD (ii). b. Feb. 23. 1814; m'd July IG, 1838, 
Susan English, sister of David and Ste]ihen; both dead. 

1. Sarah E. Todd, m'd Sept. 29. 1857, James Wallace, b. 
Nov. 14, 1825, in Tyrone, Ireland, son of Andrew. 
(See.) He is a man of sterling integrity,, and enjoys 
universal esteem. He lives with his family, opposite 
Leavenworth: Ch: ["] William A., m'd Minnie 
Grav, dr. of Jas. L. (Mi: [/] Mav; \2] James. 
[S] Sue. ['*] Ella M. Wallace, b. ^lay 24. 1870: m'd 
May 21. 1888, John R. :\reyer; [c] Emma S. Wallace, 

1851, FEB. 134 THE TODDS. 

2. Poll 11 Todd m"d Dec. 27, 18G0, Wm. M. Jones. 11 cli : 

3. Cf/iifJiia Tochh m'd Dec. 26, 1865, John H. Carson, son 

of John. 

4. Liicretia Todd, m'd Oct. 17, 1871, McCormick. 

Mrs. Susan A. Todd m'd 2d, ^larch 4, 1854, Nathan Pr^^or,. 
who d. May 1, 1868, leaving: [«] Jennie Pryor, who m'd 
Wm. G. Holt. <See.) 
Vn. JONATHAN TODD, b. Feb. 20, 1816; m'd June 20. 1846, Pat- 
sey A. Brock. Ch : 

1. Roht. Todd. 2. Mari/. 3. Cynthia. 4. John. They 
live in Oregon. 
Yin. JARRET TODD (i), b. April 10, 1818; d. in a Federal prison, 
at St. Louis, in 1861; m'd Feb. 4, 1841, Matilda Ellet, dr. of 
John. Ch: 

1. Jarret Todd (ii), a lawyer, now of Texas. 

Jarret (i) m'd 2d, Mrs. Martha Hornbuckle (n6e Ellet), sis- 
ter of his first wife; 2 children. Mr. Todd was a man of 
sprightliness, a genial companion, and an enthusiastic 
IX. GREEN D. TODD (i), b. March 14, 1820; m'd March 2, 1845. 
Lucretia Muer. He lives in southwestern Missouri. Ch: 

1. Robert. 2. Taylor. 3. James. 4. Samuel. 5. Mollie, 

6. A daughter. 
X. ELIZABETH J. TODD, b. April 20, 1822 ; m'd Dec. 20, 1838, 
Andrew Tribble, b. April 15, 1806; d. May 17, 1874. Mrs. 
Tribble still lives to bless her posterity. She is intelligent, 
liveh', and spirited, with a heart full of kindness for all. 
Mr. Tribble possessed the energy, nerve, and sound judg- 
ment that ensures success. He was an elder in the Chris- 
tian Church, much attached to its order, and was trusted 
and highly esteemed. Ch: 

1. Robert P. Tribble. b. Sept. 10, 1845; m'd Oct. 18, 1866, 

Mary J. White, b. April 4, 1848, dr. of Wm. A.; she d. 
Jan. 30, 1894. Robert possesses intellect and enter- 
prise, but ventured too far in debt, during the Kansas 
City boom of 1887. He lost heavily, but is slowlj' 
]-ising. Ch: ["] William Tribble, h. :\Iarch 6, 1868; 
['^] Thomas (1.. b. Oct. 14, 1870; ['] Robert; [f^ Bes- 
sie Tribble. 

2. Thoma.s D. Tribble. b. Dec. 8, 1847; d. in 1889; m'd Dec. 

4, 1866, Laura V. White, b. Feb. 26, 1851. Ch: 
["] Andrew A. Tribble, b. Dec. 7, 1867; [&] Bertie 

3. Cynthia Tribble. m'd F. Grundy Coekrill. (See.) 

4. Jos. .s'. Tribhh. b. Jan. 22. 1852; is wandering in the far 

XL SARA 1 1 T( U )D. b. I )ec. 23. 1824 ; m'd F. G. Bush. Their son, 
Glen P.usli. lives in Texas. After the death of Mr. Bush, his 
widow in"d 2d, James R. Burckhartt. a farmer who resided 

1851, FEB. 135 THE TODDS. 

tlirce miles wrsi of IMiillc ('it\ ; and siihsctiuently a grocer 
inlMattrCify. Ih-dicd in Ai>ril, 1872, and .Mis. liiirckhartt 
soon followed. .NO cliildieii. 


lie was a soldier of the War of 1812, under r.en. Andrew Jack- 
son, and aequired his title in the Southern cani[»aijin. He was 
born in Kowan Co., X. (\. came with his ])arents to Kentucky, 
thence to Missouri in 1817, and to Clay in 182:5. In 18:17, with the 
flood of settlers, he came to the Todd settlement, three miles west 
of Platte City. His first care was to set out a large and w^ell- 
selected orchard. He originated the splendid White Pearmain, or 
the Todd a])ide, and in honor of his faith he called it the Campbell- 
ite, which for a generation, was the finest ap]»le grown in the West. 
It has now run out. ^Ir. Todd was genial and companionable. 
He often came to town with his pockets filled with choice apples. 
He would dwell ui)on the excellencies of the Canipbellite, and 
then would hand you for contrast, a knotty and sonr apple, which, 
with a scowl, he called the ^lethodist. ^laj. Todd was born about 
1782, and died in April. 18(;i. lie married Lucy D. Fugate, who 
sui-vived him. Ch: 

I. :NrAPTOX TODD, born in a tent, in Clay Co., :Nro., Aug. 10. 

182:'>; d. Oct. :{, ISICJ; m"d March 22, 1849, :Mary Sutton, dr. 

of Demetr-ius A. iSe(M 
II. MARTHA TODD, m'd Timothy Dowling. who d. in March. 

1800, leaving ch: 

1. IsahcJJc. 2. fJ<l. Doirlin(/. 

Tim. as his name intimates, Avas a genial, hearfy, and 

good-humored Irishman; and, as his nationality implies. 

a splendid stonemason. He was a master workman on the 

first court-house and the abutun-nts and pier of the Platte- 

River bridge. But, as Tim's pedigree necessitates, he was 

a Roman Catholic, while his father-in-law was a Cani])- 

bellite. These extremes could not dwell together at peace. 

and a fend was the natui'al conse(|uence. 
HI. :\L\RY .1. TODD. m"d Tim Clev. 
lY. FANXIE :\r. TODD, mM March l!l. 1848, Albert KntchenthalL 

1). in 181S; d. Feb. 21. 1872. 
A'. RILEY TODD. Avent to Kansas. 
YL ANN :\L TODD, m"d Nov. 7, 1850, .lohn S. Lightburn. of Clav. 
YJl. ALBERT H. TODD, m"d Dec. 7, 1S74. Susan :\rorgan, dr. of 

YIIL :\rARCrS L.TODD.mM Sarah K. Coleman. .Ian. 14, 1808. He 

m'd 2d, Nov. ."i, 1874, Nannie, widow of H. A. B. Anderson. 

and dr. of Wu\. Bvwaters. TIkm- live in Cedai- Co., AIo. Ch: 
1. Lcc T 0(1(1. 2. L(^(ih. 

Nannie had one child by Anderson, named Tidie Anderson.. 
IX. W:M. L. TODD. m"d :\riss(mri A'. Spratt. dr. of Wm. H. 

1851, FEB. 136 PLATTE LODGE. 

PLATTE LODGE, ^'o. 56, A. F. & A. M. 

This lodge was incorporated by tlie Legislature, with N, M. 
Shrock, W. M.; W. E. Black, S. W.; and John E. Pitt, J. W. The 
lodge had been incorporated or chartered by the Grand Lodge as 
early as 1846, and this legislative charter was to enable the lodge 
to hold the real estate it acquired the following year, when the 
Presbyterian Church and the lodge built a meeting-house and hall. 

The meetings of the lodge were held each vSaturday night be- 
fore full moon, in the upper story of Johnston & Lewis' store, on 
Lot 6, Block 29, in Platte City, until about 1853, when the new hall 
was bnilt over the Presbyterian church, on Lot 6, Block 31. The 
lodge became very prosperous, but was in debt. This was more 
■onerous from a division made by the members from Todd's Creek 
taking dimits, and forming a new lodge, chartered as Zerubbabel 
Lodge, No. 191. The colony consisted of the Darnalls, Brasfields, 
^^waneys, Moores, and De Berrys. But the war came on; the 
brethren were scattered; and, July 14, 1864, the hall of Platt*^ 
Lodge, No. 56, with all its records, was burned, and little left but 
the debt. A few of us determined this should be paid, and we 
brought about a reunion. The charter of Platte Lodge, No. 50. 
was surrendered, and the colony took in the members of the 
mother lodge, under the name of Zerubbabel Lodge, No. 191. This 
name may still be read on the tablet on the front wall of Platte 
City Lodge, No. 504. After the reunion, we worked in the upper 
:room of the brick warehouse, in the rear of the Virginia Hotel. 
We applied to other lodges for help to rebuild, and about |100 was 
contributed. After working for twenty years under the charter 
to Zerubbabel Lodge, it, too, was surrendered, and Platte City 
Lodge, No. 504, was chartered. 

Feli. 22 — H. S. Geyer, elected to the United States Senate, re- 
reiving 80 votes, to 55 for Benton. 


This academy was incorporated by the Legislature, with the 
following Board of Trustees: 1, E. Green: 2, Wm. Baldwin; 
3, R. 1). Johnston; 4, Amos Bees; 5, N. M. Slirock: 6, Wm. Trip- 
lett; 7, John Wilson. Lots 11 and 12, Block 30, in Platte City. 
were jjurchased and a brick tAvo-story school-house, 35x50 feet. 
erected, and seated. Archibald Patterson, a scholar and a learned 
Mason, was the first teacher; Prof. Wm. Dickey was the next, and 
Prof. Gaylord the last. The house was burned. July 14, 1864, by 
f'^'dcrnl orders. 


Muifh I — An act approved establishing a euiut of common 
pleas at AVeston with jurisdiction over AVestou and Marshall 
t(nvnshi])s. A judge to be elected the first ^londay in August. 

1851, MARCH. 137 THE PERRINS. 

March 3 — AVestou is granted a new charter by the Legislature. 

Postage is reduced to .". cents for half an ounce, for all 

March U) — The Lower Bee Creek bridge is complete, and S. P. 
Yocuni is })aid .fLOOO for building it. 

H, D. Oden reports the Skinner bridge complete. 


March 12 — Achilles Perrin buys of W. M, Paxtou 158 acres 
adjacent to Camden Point, at flG per acre. After living for sev- 
eral years in Platte, Mr. Achilles Perrin returned to Poyle Co., Ky. 
He was a son of Josephus Perrin, and was born in North Carolina 
in 1778; came to Kentucky; m'd Jane Smith. Ch: 

L AYTCHMONDE LANE PERRIN, b. in Lincoln Co., Ky., 
April 8, 1811; removed in 1835 to Palmyra, Mo., where he 
continued the mercantile business, which he had pursued 
in Kentucky, There, in 1838, he m'd Julia Morton, b, in 
1823, a dr, of Samuel Morton. She d. in 1849, after coming 
with her husband, in 1812, to Platte, and settling near Cam- 
den Point. Aytchmonde m'd 2d, Sarah Jane Shy, n^e 
Shanks. Here he turned his attention to farming, but in 
1867-8 he was cashier of the Platte Savings Institution at 
Weston, He serA-ed a term as coroner, and has been a 
leader in the Christian, the benevolent, and the educational 
enterprises of his locality. For years past he has been 
lame from a fall from a horse, and has to use crutches. 
His children by his first wife: 

1. ^Susaii F. Perrin, b, Aug, 27, 1839; m'd March 11, 1801, 

Thomas K. Campbell, of St. Joseph. Ch: [<'] Achie 

2. Achilles (Ache) Perrin. b. ^Inwh 7. 1843; m'd Dec. 25, 

18f)9. Sallie J. Shanks, Lives in Nevada, :Mo. 
:;. Morton Perriiu b. May 5, 1845; d, April 1, 1886; ni'd 
Mav 5, 1875. Anna Chiles. Ch : ["] Avlchmondc: 

4. JvJia J. Perrin. b. July 29, 1847; m'd H. C, Chiles, 7 <h. 
By his second wife Aytchmonde Perrin had: 

5, Marji Margaret Perrin, b, March 30, 1854; m'd May 19, 

1874, Stephen C, Woodson, b. Nov. 11, 1845, in Knox 
^ Co., Ky., son of Ben J. Woodson, b, Nov. 2, 1808, and 

•^largaVet Fulkerson, b. April 30. 1815, in Lee Co,. Va.. 
di-. of -lohn Fulkerson, He came with his parents 
to Platte, and settled on a farm near Canulen Point; 
received a good academic education at Daughter's 
College; entered on the study of law with Merryman 
& Paxton, at Platte City; was admitted to the bar in 
1868; elected commissioner of common schools of 

1851, MARCH. 138 THE PERKINS. 

Platte County in Nov., 1870; chosen prosecuting 
attorney in Noy., 1872; re-elected in Nov., 1874; en- 
gaged in various enterprises germane to the practice 
of law; in 1885 he turned his attention to banking, 
and subsequently speculated successfully in finance, 
until he became wealthy. He is now one of the lead- 
ing financiers of St. Joseph, and one of the most solid 
and enterprising men of the West. His sound judg- 
ment, supported by decision, firmness, independence, 
and nerve, has brought him commercial name and 
fortune. Mrs. Woodson is one of the most lovely and 
accomplished women of the day. They have two 
children: [«] Olive M. Woodson; [^] Aytchmonde 
P. Woodson. 

6. Aytchmonde {Aytch) Perrin, single; b. Dec, 31, 1857. 

7. Jessie 8. Perrin, b. May 21, 1862. 

8. Xmmie J., b. Nov. 3, 1866; m'd May 9, 1894. Dr. Al. S. 

II. WILLIAM FEANKLIN PERKIN, b. Sept. 14, 1894, in Lincoln 
Co.. Ky.; ni"d in Ky.. May 31, 1841, Mary C. Shanks, b. Oct. 
31, 1825, dr. of William;' she d. Feb. 21, 1875. Mr. Perrin 
possesses tine business qualifications, and has held the oflSce 
of notary public since 1852. /His neighbors confide in his 
integrity, ability, and judgment. Ch: 

1. Bettie E. Perrin, m'd Phinehas Skinner (ii). (See.) 

2. Achilles (Ahe), m'd Flora Rich, of Kentucky. Mr. Per- 

rin is an accomplished gentleman, and is highly 

3. Alice 8. Perrin, m'd Dr. D. I. Christopher. 

4. Rehecca Perrin, m'd C. O. Bailey. They now live in 


5. Tcmpie Perrin, m'd Dec. 23, 1891, C. F. Grimpley. 

6. Birdie Perrin, m'd Austin McMichael; separated. 

7. WiUiam 8. Perrin, m'd Carrie Hawkins. 

8. Katie Lee Perrin, m'd M. S. Hardesty. (See.) 
March 22 — R. F. ^lason buys property at Farley. 


April 3 — Thompson AVard elected mayor of Weston. 
April 10 — Paxton & Callahan buy a storehouse of Ed Clarke, 
on Block 29. Platte City, for |800. 



Revenue Fund .1j!7,315.0.") 

Internal Tni])rovonu'nt Fund 599.5(1 

Road and Canal Fund. . L'89.S7 

I 8,204.4ii 

Warrants drawn 10,79(;.2(l 

Ovordiawii |2,591.7S 

J-Jj-jxiiditiirrs ill Dcta'iJ. 

Bee Creek bridiiv. ujtjtci- |1.57.'>.00 

Skinner's bridov 1,470.00 

Pier under riatto City brid-c 1.800.00 

Burckhartt biidge 175.00 

Other bridges 34G.00 

Weston and Parkville bridge 205.00 

Treasurer (Christ i son) 354.00 

Poor-house and ])au]»('rs 950.00 

CountA' Court Justices 172.00 

County Clerk l,079.0<i 

Sheriff 597.00 

Other obiccts 1,050.00 

Jail 125.00 

Total |10,79G.20 

County levy, 40 cents. Anionul taxed, |15,278.23. 


June 1 — The cupola of the court-house recovered with tin, by 
E. Ohlhausen. 


June J— Dr. John :\1. Fulton d. at AVestou, He was b. Oct. 12. 
1795, in Gerardstown, \i\.; ni'd Sept. 20, 1820. Mary M. Hix, who 
survived him several years. She was b. ^May 20, 1797. Dr. Fultou 
was a Presbyterian ])reacher, as well as a ])ractitioner of medicine. 
He was well educated, genial in his manner, and generous by 
nature. He preached at Platte City and Weston, and organized 
the former church. Cli : 

r. REB. F. FFLTOX, b. Sept. (1, 1821 ; <1. in 18.50. 
II. :\[ARY W. Fri/rON, b. Dec. 20, 1827; d. :March 30, 1892; m'd 
Oct. 17, 1844. at Brunswick. :Mo., Dr. J. F. Bruuer. b. Ajuil 
19, 1822. He was prepared for the Presbyterian minisiry 

1851, JUNE. 140 THE FUI.TONS. 

by taking a thorough literary course and theological in- 
struction at Albany, Indiana, and at McCormick Seminary ; 
but, after several years' preaching, his throat was affected, 
and he had to become a physician. He came to Weston in 
1S48, and soon afterwards took the male academy at Platte 
City. In 1859 he took charge of Pleasant Ridge Academy;^ 
entered the Union army, as a surgeon, in 1862, and served 
to the end. In Ms.j, 1889, he removed to Omaha, where he 
now resides. He m'd 2d, Oct. 2.3, 189-3, Miss Jessie A. Van 
Doren, dr. of Rev, Wm. T. A-'an Doren, D. D., of Washington, 
D. C. Ch. by his first wife: 

1. Lili/ Br liner, a prominent teacher in Omaha. 

2. AVice Bruner, m'd 1866, Calvin Johnson, of St. Joseph. 
.3. Anna Bruner, m'd J. M. Gordon. 

4. Jessie, m'd Carev Lubeck. 

III. DANIEL J. FULTON,' b. Dec. 10, 1821. Lives at Salt Lake 


IV. MARTHA J. M. FULTON, b. Jan. 4, 1834; m'd W. F. Yo- 

cum. (See.) 
V. MARIA L. FULTON, b. Sept. 20, 1836; dead. 
VL SAMUEL D. FULTON, b. Nov. 26, 1838. He is an earnest, 
laborious, enthusiastic, conscientious, and successful Pres- 
byterian minister, now living at Danuba, Tulare Co., Cali- 
fornia. His health is now poor, but his zeal augments 


Benjamin Bean died this year and J. P. Thompson adminis- 
t(?red. He came from Mason County, Ky., in 1838, with the Dies, 
McAdows, et al., and settled on the lake called Bean's Lake for 
bim. He entered a large body of bottom land and encumbered it 
A\iili deeds given without consideration. There was much con- 
troversy over his lands after his death. His children were: 1, Le- 
i-oy H. P. C. Bean; 2, Mary A., wife of John :^[cAdow: 3, Finnelle 
r>ean; 4, Benj. Bean, Jr.; .5, Phantley R. Bean. d. in August, 1846: 
his widow, Susan, married Nic Asbury. 

June D — ^The Weston Court of Common Pleas holds its first 
icnii Willi L. 1). Bir-d ap]»oin(od judge, O. Diefendorf clerk, and 
•Tas. Hiiglx-s iniii'shal. 

Jinir 11 — Fi-ench S. Wilson and his brother. Norvel, both died 
\\\\\\ cliolei-a. The disease ])revails in the county, and the people 
arc greatly alarmed. F. S. Wilson was a son of A/.nriah Wilson 
and ^rargarcl Nox. He was boi-n in A''irgiiiia. and m'd TIai'riet 
Lil/.cnbcrc. wlio d. .Inne 23. 1848. Cliildi'eu bv his first wife: 
L WILLIA:\I a. WILSON, b. Jinio 1.1. 1848; m'd April 16, 1882, 
Lena R. Leavol. dr. of Ai'di. No childi-cu. 
r'hildi'on bv his sofond wife: 
IL LAUR.\ WILSON, b. in 18.-,0: d. Sept. 18, 180,5: m'd Dec. 23. 
186.".rolcniaii Laiwanccb. ^larcli 31.1814, in ]\rason Co.,Kv. 

1851, JUNE. 141 THE WILSONS. 

He is a son of G. B. Laiiriiin r .hkI Saiah A. Kiddle. He is 
a man of integrity and enterprise, and is now engaged in 
business at New Market. Ch: 
1. French >s'. Luurmuc. 

•2. AUie. nrd Sept. 11, 1889, (ins. S. Elgin. (See.) 
?>. (7/fl/-a, m'd K. L. Jones. 4. Ora. 5. Oliver. C^. Bertha. 
7. Norvel. 8. Oaklei/. 
ITT. l^KEXCH S. WILSON (ii), nTd KM/., linl.-. dr. of Holivar. Cl»: 
1. Korvel. 2. Hatt'ie. ?>. Lena Wilson. 
June 25 — The Parkville Presbyterian Church buys Lots 2 and 
3, Block 51;. for a parsonage, and Rev. O. S. Woodward. R. G. Ste- 
phens, W. J. Summers, Thos, Aspling. and W. P. Burney are made 

The Southern Democrat is issued by F. ^l. McDonald, at Park- 
ville. It was continued, at least, to the year 1850. 


July 1 — The log jail has been weatherboarded and ]»ainted. 


Aug. 1 — A special election was held for circuit judge, to fill the 
vacancy caused b}^ the expiration of Judge Leonard's term; and 
Wm. B. Almond was chosen. Judge Leonard removed to St. 
Joseph, where he died. He came from Tennessee in 18r»7; he was 
a self-made man, and full of energy, self-reliance, and aggres- 

John Houts is appointed administrator of John E. Brown. 
Bond, 12,200. 

Aug. 12 — James Ferguys is appointed administrator of Martin 
B. Brooks. Bond, fl.GOO. ' 

Ed. 1'. I^uncan is appointed administrator of Thos. I'helps. 
Bond, $30,000. He lived near New Market, was a man of wealth 
and ability; he left a widow and 10 children. 

Aug. 23 — J, F. Broadhurst is appointed administrator of Rev. 
J. W. Faubion. Bond. .1^3,000. 


Oct. IJ — Tudge S. P. S. McCurdy. having been electc^l judge of 
the Weston Court of Common Pleas, holds his first term. 


Oct. 20— Hall L. Wilkerson was shot l)y John Floersh. 
Floersh and Wilkerson lived on adjoining farms, west of Bee 
Creek bridge, on the road from Platte City to Weston. FloerslTs 

1851, OCT. 142 THE JETERS. 

stock trespassed ou Wilkerson, and he put them up in a pen. 
Floersh and his sons undertook to take the stoclc away, and in an 
altercation, Wilkerson was shot with a rifle by Floersh. The 
Floershs were indicted for murder, and taking a change of venue 
to Clay, were convicted, and the old man, John, was sentenced to 
25 years in the penitentiary, where he died. One of the sons was 
sent for a shorter term. 

Wilkerson was a man of intelligence and fearlessness. He 
was the first county clerk, and was elected to the Legislature in 
1848. He voted for the Jackson resolutions, passed by the House, 
March 10, 1849, which Benton appealed from. (See.) 

Hall L. Wilkerson was b. in Knox Co., Tenn., Aug. 8, 1809; 
d. Oct. 20, 1851; m'd Oct. 11, 1885, Elizabeth Cannon, b. Dec. 12, 
1812; d. Aug. 23, 1859. She was a sister of Alex. E. Cannon, the 
first lawver that came to Platte. Ch: 
1840; m'd Dec. 31, 1863, Jennie Gabbert, dr. of Geo. She 
was b. Nov. 15, 1848. She is a woman of learning and re- 
finement. Ch : 

1. Nora Wilkerson, b. Oct. 2(5. 1805; m'd Dec. 4, 1886, Jac. 

A. Miller. 

2. Priscilla, b. Aug. 3, 1869; m'd Emil Svdon. 

3. Eva, b. Mav 12, 1871. 

n. WILLIAM, b. Jan. 6, 1843; m'd Sallie Patton, dr. of M. M. 
1. Rosa. 2. Marii, 3. Birrlie. 

III. JAS. C. WILKERSON, b. June 8, 1846; m'd in 1877, Amanda 

Logan, dr. of Columbus. Ch : 
1. Okal. 2. Mvrtlc. 

IV. JOHN WILKERSON. b. Jan. 15. 1852. 

Oct. 2] — Thomas J. ^foberlv's estate administered on by W. ^I. 
Paxton. Bond. |4.000. 

Alfred Moore's estate administered on by AVm. Ralston. 
Bond, 12,500. 


(><t. .2') — Hiram Jeter's estate administered on by M. Harring- 
lou. r>ond, $8,000. He left a widow, and children: 

L OLIVE A. JETER, m'd Jan. 25. 18.59, M. Harrington. (See.. 



VL AMANDA.m'dT. J. Carson. (See.) 



IX. ANDREW J., m'd Aug. 26. 1S69. Marv K. Middleton. 


1851, OCT. 143 THE GRAYS. 

Oct. 28 — Kli .Mdorc's estate julininistered ctii Iiy .Jas. H. I.ayton. 
IJoiid. .fX/UUI. 


Nov. 3 — ^I. A\'. Drvden's estate adiiiiuistoi'od on by I*. W. 
Ellington. liond, |:!.od(l. 

John W. Sanfoi'd's estate adniinistoivd on b\- iSanloid & 
^liteholl. P.oud. |12,000. 

A Cumberland Trosbyterian Church oi-gani/,ed at Bethel. 

Nov. 19 — A site is bought in Camden Point for a male 


Dec. J — Chas. F. Shell's estate administered on by Sol. Shell. 
Bond, |S,000. 

Dec. 5 — Peter Overly's estate a<lministered on b\ William 
Ralston. Bond. |8,000. 

Jonathan's estate administered on by Win. W'. Heu- 
sha w. Bond, |3,500. 


Dec. 21 — James Gray's estate administered on by Jacob 
Smelser. Bond, |4,000. He m'd 1st. a Lammond. By his first 
wife he had: 

I. CASPER C. GRAY, m'd Jan. 8, 1S4(;. Amanda Elkins. Ch: 
1. Sophia. 2. James. 3. Thomas.. 4. Jolin Gray. 
II R. C. C. Gray, m'd Malinda':Martin. dr. of James. Ch : ' 

1. Hemi/ H. aim/, m'd . Cli: ["] Flora 

Gray, m'd Xoy. 11, 1804, Alva Naylor. 
III. JOHN :\[. (}RAY, d. in April, ISCA ; m'd Mary A. Ball. 
lY. TELITHA GRAY, m'd Obed Noland. son of Nic. Ch: 

1. America, nv'd L. B. Higgins. 

2. James Al.. m'd Jane Brown. 

3. John Wm., m'd Jane Noland. dr. of Rufus. 

4. George TY, m'd Ida Noland, dr. of George. 

5. Sarah, m'd Thos. Bro\yn. 

Y. ANN GRAY, dead; m'd Haryey :\Iedley, dead. 1 child: 
]. Ghas.W.\re(neji. 
James Grav m'd 2d. Nancy Wheeler. Ch: 
YI. TncYMASGRAY.dead. ' 
YII. FRANKLIN GRAY, dead; m'd Eli/.. Artman. living. No 

YIIL GEO. W'. (JRAY, b. Dec. 4. ls:!S: m'd 2."). ISCl. Melissa 
A. Martin, dr. of Thomas. Ch: 

1. Wm.W.Graii. 2. lien F. 3. .Vr////f. m'd T. J. Thomas. 

1851, DEC. 144 MARRIAGES. 

Dec. 27 — James F. Bradley resigns as assessor, and John Kuy- 
kendall is appointed in liis stead. 

The Missouri Pacific Railroad is under contract for 45 miles 
out of St. Louis, and 1,000 hands are at work upon it. 

The rivers overflow this summer, and sickness prevails in the 


Ma}- 20, H. B. C. Harris married Sarah C. Calvert. 
May 22. Boen. Roberts married Courtney V. Drew. 
May 22, S. H. Pitcher married Margaret Drew. 
June 5, J. J. Drais married Margaret M. Jennings. 



Governor, A. A. King; Congressman, W. P. Hall; Repre- 
sentatives, Burnes, Summers, and Johnston; Circuit Judge, W. B. 
Almond; Circuit Clerk, Ira Norris; County Justices, Martin, 
Ward, and Rogers; County Clerk, D. P. Lewis; Probate Judge, 
Jas. Kuykendall; Sheriff, L. Shepard; Treasurer, W. Christison; 
Assessor, John Kuykendall; Coroner, A. L. Perrin; Public Ad- 
ministrator, H. N. Jenks; Surveyor, Israel May. 


At Platte City: Attorneys— J. H. Baldwin, R. P. Clark, Jas. 
Davis, Thos. Herndon, J. E. Pitt, A. Rees, E. H. Norton, J. H. 
Headley, J. G. Spratt, H. M. Vories, Jas. S. Thomas, John Wilson. 

Physicians — Baldwin, Callahan, Marshall, Redman, Shrock. 

Merchants, etc — Black & Dickson, Fox &. Brooks, Johnston & 
Clark, R. D. Johnston, Perry Keith, L. Fleshman, John Ferrier, 
Kuykendall & Remington, R. S. Richards, Townsend & Christison, 
S. Johnston, E. Green, R. P. Gaines, Elder A. P. Williams, Thos. 
Metcalfe (postmaster). 

At Weston: Attorneys — Bird, Diefendorf, McCurdy, Ram- 
age, Tylee, Wilkinson, Wolf. 

Physicians — Bonifaut. Fulton, Ridley, Bowers. 

Merchants, etc. — Basyc &: Brown, Belt & Colman. Blanjour, 
Bowman. Brigs & Wilkinson, Burnes & Bros., Cody & Baker, 
Deckelman, Devin, Evans, Ferguys, Frank & Co., Fink & Co., 
Gillespie. Gist, Guenther, Holladay, Knudson, McCowan, Meyer, 
Newman & McCurdy. Noble, Parrott, Perrys & Young, Secor, 
Railevs, Stevens, Strang. Tutt & Hood. Warner. Wood. 

1852, JAN. 145 TELEGRAP 

At I'arkrillt': Aspliug & Stephens, Biieneman, Burney, 
Aruold, Davis, Goodyear, Park, Riugo, Silvey, Summers. 

At Xeic Market: Armstrong, Bishop, Cartwright, Brooks, 
Browning, Dr. Walling. 

At Rkhichi: Ellington, Mayo, Phillips, Oden. 

CENSUS OF 1852. 

White, males 7,461 

White, females 6,122 

Colored, free 85 

Slaves 2,559 

Deaf and dumb 8 

Blind :\ 



J(ui. 1 — The Morse American Telegraph Co., this year, built 
what is called the St. Louis iS: Mo. River Telegraph. It was con- 
structed from St. Louis to Weston, passing through Platte City. 
It followed the public roads, using trees for supports to the wires 
in timber, and sapling ])osts on the prairies. I took one share, 
|50. The enterprise was abandoned in a few years, and the stock, 
though watered, was a total loss. 


Jan. 13 — ^A'illiam M. Keller died at Weston. He m'd Mary 
Roberts. They settled near Weston in 1837. Mrs. Keller d. 
April 5, 1860. leaving 

L JOHN KELLER, m'd and d. childless. 


of Kansas. 
IIL WILLIAM R. KELLER, b. April 5, 1841; m'd Jan. 5, 1865, 
Ellen N. Maxfield. He is an enterprising merchant of 
Weston, and engaged in buying and shipping apples. Ch: 
1. William A. Keller, m'd Julia Jenson. 2. Charles A. 
8. Elma. 4. Edgar R. Keller. 
IV. EDWARD R. KELLER, m'd a Robbins. 
V. MIRANDA A. KELLER, m'd a Robbins. Live in Kansas. 


Feb. 2 — Whitman T. Ellet's estate administered on bv John 
Ellet. Bond, |8,()(M). 

Feb. Jf — ^^'eston City makes a contract to have Main Street 
macadamized, from Water Street to Short Street, at ^1 per perch. 

1852, FEB. 146 ALLEN CHANCE. 


Feb. 23 — Allen Chance's estate is administered on by Sarah 
Chance. Bond, |4,000. He was born in Pitt Co., N. C. ; m"d Sarah 
Knight. He came with his brother Robert to Claj^ in 1833, and 
settled near Barry. He was a man of intelligence and highly re- 
garded by his neighbors. With the earliest immigrants he came, 
in 1836, into Platte. Ch: 

I. NANCY CHANCE, m'd John W. Todd. (See.) 
n. ARNOLD CHANCE, b. in Pitt Co., N. C, Nov. 26, 1813; d. 
Jan. 3, 1896 ; m'd Sept. 16, 1818, Nancy Swaney, dr. of Jas. 
Swaney (i) and Reb. Warrel. She was born in Indiana, 
came to Platte in 1842, and d. Jan. 17, 1879. He lived long 
to tell his early experiences in Platte, before the extinguish- 
ment of the Indian title, and at Fort Leavenworth. He en- 
listed in the Army of the Northwest, and went with Morin 
to New Mexico; went to California in 1850, everland, and 
returned bv the Isthmus. Ch: 

1. David Atchison Chance, b. Aug. 22, 1819; m'd Jan. 28, 

1875, Lizzie C. Thompson, dr. of Col. Gid W. Thomp- 
son. They live near Barry. Ch: ['^'] James M. 

2. Huf/h A^. (iiancc, b. Aug. 3," 1859; m'd Feb. 26, 1885, 

Alice McHenry, dr. of Henry. Ch: [^'] George. 

3. George Chance, born in 1863; dead. 


Feb. 23 — Michael Skaggs' estate administered on by H. B. 
Callahan. Bond, IL600. He was born in Virginia in 1801; d. in 
Platte Oct. 25, 1851; m'd Rutha Paul, who d. in 1858. He was a 
sturdy, hard-working farmer. Ch: 

L JOSEPH SKAGGS, b. Nov. 30, 1831, in Indiana; m'd Harriet 
E. Ellis, b. in Kentucky in 1837. Ch : 

1. Mollie Skaqe/s, b. June, 1857; burned to death Aug, 7, 

1892; m'd Dec. U, 1881, Geo. Bvrd, who d. Oct. 15, 
1890. Ch: ["] Alma Byrd; [''] William; [f-^] Lucy. 

2. WnHaiii Sl-a(/(/s: m'd Fel). 22. 1883. Ida Powell. 

3. Liici/ Skaf/f/s, b. Nov. 15. 1X70; m'd Sept 12, 1891. Cole- 

nuin Farmer. 

4. Ada ^^kaf/(/f<, boin in lS(il ; m'd Jac. McFall. 

5.>7/ E.' Skam/.s (ii). b. Nov. 11, 1866. 
(■). ThnzaeUer Skaiigs, b. March 17, 1874. 

TluM'c \v(M-(' six other <'hil(lr(Mi of >ri(lin('l Skaggs. but I have 
learned nothing of th(>m. 


March 3 — H. Miles Moore enrolled as attoi-ney. 
March o — John \\'. Williams in<lict<'d for the murder of A. 
Spencer, at New Market. After an exciting tiial, and the defence 

of the niosl distiugiiislied coinisel. he was ;u'(|uil1ed. 

1852, MARCH. 147 THE BISHOPS. 

JAcoii r.isiiop. 

March Id — lacol* llishop liaviiij^ died, (ialcii K. liishop is ap- 
l)()iiit('<l adiniiiistiatoi'. ISond. .1f(i(M). Ih'lclt a widow. Klizabctli. 
and sons: 

I. WAYNE BISH()I», w<'iit to Texas. 
II. GALEN E. lilSHOP, toniu'ily of New Maikct. and now of 
St. Joseph, was and is a distiii<iuislied idiysician. He 
])nl)lis]ied a medical journal at New Maiket. and was lii<:;lil_v 
esteemed. His wifedied I )ec. iM). 1S!)2. 

III. EKASTTS I). JilSHOP. a plasteref. maiiied. but left no 


IV. HENKY C. BISHOP, went to Texas. 

V. A. J. P.ISHOP. m'd Dec. 25. IS.^.5, Mary A. Dobson. No 


March .l')~])\. X. .M. Slirock was born Oct. ."). ISIO, and die<l 
March '2~). 1S.j2, on his way home from St. Louis, on a steamboat, 
after layinji' in a stock of dru<is f(U- the house of Shrock & P>ur<ie. 
His })ractice as a jihysician was lar^'(\ and his ])atrons had un- 
bounded confidence in his skill. An enlhusiastic Mason, he was 
the founder and instructoi- of tlie Platte (Mty Lodge. His tomb 
was the first marble shaft erected in th" Platte City grav. yard, and 
is a tribute to his memoi-y granted by Platte Lodge, No. 5(5. He 
married Mary M. McFall, a sisfer of Di'. :McFalI. She died in 
August. IS."):}. His children all leff the county. 



April 2 — William INirfer having died, Enocli INtiter adminis- 
tered. Pond, .f4,()()0. He m'd Ann Hammond; she d. in Nov., 
1870. Ch : 

L JOHN PORTER, dead; m'd Louisa Turner. ( 'li : 

1. WiUiai)!. '2. Missouri Purler, m'd .John Kinnamon. 
."!. Tlioaias. 4. A>///^cr/;/r, m'<l 'IMios. l\oberts. 

IL ENOCH PORTER, b. Oct. 24. 1S2(), in Cabell Co., Va.; d. in 
March, ISiH. Came to Platte in 1S4(>. and settled six miles 
sonth of Platte City; lie was a thriftv farmer and a sensible 
man. He m'd Sarah Smith, dr. of Thomas; she was b. in 
182S. (Mi: 

L Eliz. J. Porter. niM .J. A. Martin. Cli: ["] Willis 
:\rartiii; [''] Ardella; {<■] Sallie; [''1 Marv; ['] St.'lla; 
\f] ^Myrtle; [.'/] Ella; [''] Robert Martin. 

2. Mar// Porter, m'd Oct. IS. isTT. dohn W. Pabcock ihis 

second wife), son of Richard. Cli : ["1 Ri<hard 
Rnbcock (ii); [''] (Jolden; ['1 Ei-nest ; [''1 Henry; 

1852, APRIIv. 148 THE PORTERS. 

[6] James; [/"J Grace. They live in Colorado. John 
W.'s first wife was Martha Timberlake, dr. of Westey. 
She died childless. 

3. Thos. Porter, m'd Elizabeth Arnold, dr. of W. H. Ch: 

[a] William Porter; [&] Edward; [c] Rosetta; 
[<?] Walter; [e] Nellie; [f] Laura; [o] 011a; 
[^'] Jesse; [''] Fleming Porter. 

4. Aylsi/e Porter, m'd March 29, 1874, Minor Payne. Ch: 

[«] Fannie Payne; [^] AMn; [c] May; [d] Maud; 
[e] Dilla. 

5. Josep// Po>'^ey, m'd Minerva Kincart, Ch: [«] Silvey; 

[*] Clara; [c] Joseph; [f?] a babe. 

6. J. Frank Porter, m'd Jane Smth, dr. of Chester. Ch: 

[«] Mary Emily Porter, m'd March 13, 1896, C. A. 
Studdard; V>] Sarah K; [c] CoraB.; [<?] William I. ; 
[e] Basil D.; [H Raymond Porter. 

7. Henri/ Porter. 8. Charles Porter. 

ni. THOMAS PORTER, m'd Margaret Brumfield. 
IV. MATILDA PORTER, m'd Beckett. 

V. MARTHA, m'd Bias. 
VL SUSAN PORTER, m'd 1st, Balleu; m'd 2d, Elijah Yates. 


April 8 — James Simpson having died, Preston Simpson ad- 
ministered. Bond, |12,000. He m'd Bethenia Johnson, in Ten- 
nessee, and came to Platte in 1837, settling near Waldron. Ch: 
L CAPT. JOSEPH SIMPSON, m'd Lucetia Baldwin, dr. of 
Martin. They live in Sedalia. He raised a company of 
militia that did home service for several years during the 
war. He possesses intelligence and enterprise. Ch: 

1. Martha Simpson, m'd John Lynch; 4 children. Live 

in Barry. ^, 

2. Amanda Simpson (u), m'd W. G. White. Live in Sedalia. 

3. Isaac S'nnpson, lives at Chicago. 

IL AMANDA SIMPSON (i), m'd Jerry Johnson (i). Ch: 
1. Poll: 2. Man/ J. (Twins.)' 
HL HARRIET SIMPSON, m'd Irvine Andrews. Ch: 

1. Martha J. 2. IMaqqie. Live at Atchison. 
I\'. ISAAC SIMPSON, m'd July 19, 1849, Hettie J. Harrington, 
dr. of Elisha. They live in Weston. Ch: 

1. 'lohn J J. Simpson, b. Feb. 9, 18.53; m'd 1st, May 6, 1875, 

Susan Naylor, di'. of Paul, by whom he had: [f'] Ar- 
lliur Siuipsou, b. Maich .">, 187(!. John L. m'd 2d, May 
10, issd. Lizzie F. Coakley, dr. of Jos. Ch: [''] Ed- 
wnrd Simpson; [''^ Elmer. J. L. Simpson is a mer- 
chant of Waldron, and is the present postmaster. 

2. Dr. Wm. J. Simpson, of Weston, m'd April 22, 1880, 

Cora B. Mack. Ch: ["] Allic; [''] Lester; [c] Eva 


8. Isaac N. Sim/isaii. lives in < '(»1(»i-;h1(>. 

4. Jeff. />. Siniiison. 

5. Frank M.. iiTd a Maitiii, of ('ass Co. 

0. Mary J. SUtujtson (twin with .Ictl), nfd A. Easley. Ch: 

[«i Edna; [''] Doni IVdro Easley. 

7. A*o?>^ E. L. Simpson, in Colorado. 

8. Henri/ .V., killed in Colorado in ^lav, 189(). 

V. MAH(JAKET SIMPSON, m'd .James W. Rovnolds. Ch: 

1. licthonia. '2. Amanda. .">. John f\ 4. Isaac J. 
5. ft corgi a Rci/nohls. 

April 13 — Tlios. ]i. Kced liavinj; died, .1. W. Kagsdale admin- 
istered. Bond, 1 10,000. 

Nathaniel Boydston having died, .loliii (\ itxwaters adminis- 
tered. Bond, .f 10,000. 

April 20 — Nolly Duvall liavinjj;- died, .John D. I'epper ad- 

April 29 — Daniel Shaekelford havinf,^ died, .Jas. (I. Williams 
qnalifies as executor. 

The Bai)tists orj^anize a clmreh at I'arkville. The Presby- 
terians are buildinj^ a parsonage, and the Methodists a house of 



Cash received -fl 4,022.10 

Warrants drawn 8,238.<S1 

Surplus .1t.5,783.29 

E.v pen (lit II rex in Dttail. 

Skinner's bridge .f 578.00 

Platte City bridge 444.00 

Other bridges and roads .540.00 

County .Justices 182.00 

County Clerk L.^OO.OO 

Poor-house and 1 (an Iters 020.00 

Assessor 187.00 

Jail 120.00 

Printing 14.00 

Sheriff 090.00 

County Attorney 100.00 

Stationery 22(;.00 

Circuit Clerk 5::.()0 

Interest on county waiiauls 284.00 

Treasurer 074.00 

X'ourt-house .502.00 

Other purposes 1,277.81 


1852, MAY. 150 THE OWENS. 

Levy, 40 cents. Total taxes levied, |18,406.37. Names on the 
assessor's books, 1,600. Township funds, |22,282.95. 

Mat/ 8 — Judge Almond buys Jesse Morin's half of the Platte 
City Water Mills, and 800 acres of land, at |12,000. 

Ma// 11 — Jas. B. Martin resigns as county court justice, and 
R. P. Clark is appointed to the place. 

May 21 — Abraham Miller having died, Nancy Miller qualifies 
as executrix. 


June 9 — Ridgely incorporated, with Ben Smither, R. W. 
Chinn, Jos. Edwards, Jas. Dodd, and O. Clark as trustees. 

June IJf — John L. Darst having died, Maria L. Darst is ap- 
pointed administratrix. Bond, |8,000. 

June 11 — A public meeting in Parkville to consider the Ne- 
braska bill in Congress. W. H. Summers is chairman. 

June 18 — H. B. Branch attacks E. S. Wilkinson on the street, 
in Weston. They are parted and no damage is done. 

June 19 — Mordecai Oliver, nominee of the Whigs for Congress, 
speaks at Weston. 

June 20 — The small coin has all left the country, and ''shin- 
plasters" are issued by merchants, redeemable when f5 is pre- 

June 21 — Gen. Winfield Scott nominated at Baltimore for 
President by the Whigs. 


June 24 — Webster Owens having died, David Fleming admin- 
esters. Bond, |2,.500. He m'd Mrs. Delilah Denny. They lived 
in Pettis Township. Ch: 

T. HARVEY, went to Kansas. 

II. WILMOCTH OWENS, m'd Josiah Higgins (ii). (See.) 
HI. JOHN OWKXS. m'd Roberta Hopkins, n^e Thatcher. Ch: 
1. Jl<ii/<I(ii Ou'ens. 2, Henry. '\. Zana. 
4. Jofieph, m'd Edna Owens. 
1\'. MARY ANN ()\YF:NS iPop), m'd Marion Andrews. 
\". (JIJAWIIJJO L. OWEXS, b. in ISIS in Rockcastle Co.. Ky.; 
was killed .June 2S, 1SS5, by his house falling on him in a 
tciiific stoiin. He m'd 1st. Eliz. Owens, n(^e Denny, widow 
of l);ivi(l Owens; and she was the mother of his children, 
lie \\;is a r.iiniei'. Mtul ;i worthy justice of the peace for 
(■i;;lil years. ( 'li : 

1. Lniiisd Oirciis, m'd Jos. Tennison. She d. leaving: 
["] Edward Tennison. 

1852, JUNE. 151 THE OWENS. 

'2. WiHidiii A. <)ir,„s. h. Dec. 28, 1853; m'd May 15, 1879, 
Eliz. Mail in. dr. of Thomas and Louisa, 1>. in 18r)6. 
Ch: ["] Arlliur Owens; [''] .Jesse; ['] Hubert; 
['l\ Ceiia; CI Dela. 
Vr. LANKFOKI) OWKXS, nfd L<diaza Mveis. dr. of Hiram. 
\H. (^VNTIHA ANN OWENS, m'd Jas. T. Kiley; b. March 10. 
IS.'IT; d. Dec. (5, 18S1. She was his second wife. 

1 John W. Rih'i/, b. .Ian. IS, 1S(J0; m'd Dec. 24, 1882, 
Margaret E. .Moore, dr. of James, and sister of 
Turner. Ch: ["] Kubv; [''] Mvrth- ['] Ovnthia; 
['/] .John; ['] babe. 
2. Man/ J. Rihif, b. Nov. 11, 1S()2; m'd A])ril 2:i, 1SS2, 
Dan'l L. Sample, b. March 2!>, Isr.C). ('h: [<i] McClel- 
land, b. .Julv i:i, ISS:?; [''] Henrv, b. April 7, 18S.~); 
[<-] Homer, b. Aug. :i, 1880 ; [d] Noah, b. Nov. .30, 1890. 
.James T. Riley m'd 1st, .Jan. 14, 18G6, Margaret 
Higgins, dr. of .Josiah (ii), both dead. Ch: 
8. Cora B. RUeji, m'd Edward Butner. Ch: ["] Eilian 
Butner; [''] Flora; [^J Charles. 

4. Roht. B. Rih'ji. 

5. ./r/.s. M. Rih'i/, m'd Se]»t. 1, 1888, Alice Thorp. 

0. Ada Rileif. 7. Alhrrt M. 

VIII. EDNA OWENS, m'd .Jos. Thatcher. 

IX. MA LINDA OWENS, b. in 18:n; m'd Nov. 11, 1849, Luther 

Calvin Thatcher, b. Oct. 24. 1824, a son of Hayden Thatcher. 
I am well accpiainted with ^Ir. Thatcher, and regard him as 
an u])right and lionoi'al)]e citizen, and a sincere Christian. 

1. Mai// F. TJia teller, b. Nov. 11, 1850; married and died 


2. W. H. Thatehrr, b. Oct. 14, 1852. 

X CaUicThateher.m\\\\m.(U'eon\n<y. Ch: ["] Malinda; 

['J] .Jesse. 
4. Wallace L, m'd Mamie liowman. Ch: ["] a girl. 

TJve in Kansas. 
,5. Latha J/., m'd April 24. ISSO. .lohn Roberts. 
0. Tahilha. m'd .lohn Hranham. 

7. ^felissa Tliatelier. 8. John A. 9. Oeo. A. 10. James. 
X. DAVID N. OWENS, m'd Elizabeth Denny. He died, and she 
m'd 2d, O. L, Owens (above). 


June 2.7 — I have before me a copy of the Weekli/ Platte .\rgus, 
published at Weston .June 25, 1852, by \\'ilkinson & Adams, at $'2 
l>er yt^ai'; 7 columns. 22 inches. 


T. H. Staines, Parkville. .Tune 8. <leclines the Democratic 
nomination for representative, nuide the 7th inst. 

1852, JUNE. 152 OFFICERS. 

The address of M. Oliver, nominated by tlie Wliigs at Gal- 
latin, dated Richmond, Mo., June 9tli. 

Dr. J. H. String-fellow locates at Platte City June 9th. 

Emigrants to California who had passed Fort Kearney: 
10,236, up to May 25th. Much sickness prevailed among them. 

Eleven steamboats advertised in the Argus. 

Prof. H. B. Todd advertises his closing exhibition at Cam- 
den Point, for July .3d. 

The exciting topic of the day is the division of the Democratic 
party between Birch and King, for Congress, and Oliver, Whig. 
(Oliver was elected.) 


Juh/ 8 — Spalding & Rogers' circus at Platte City. At Wes- 
ton on the 9th. 



Governor, Sterling Price; Representatives, H. Brooks, J. W. 
Forbis, J. B. Martin ; Senator, A. M. Robinson ; Circuit Clerk, W. 
C. Remington; County Clerk, P. R. Waggoner; Sheriff, L. Shep- 
ard; Treasurer, W. Christison; County Justices, Duncan, Layton, 
and Clark; Assessor, Rush McComas; Coroner, Noah Beery. 

The Congressional Tote of the Distriet: M. Oliver, 7,598; J. H. 
Birch, 4,399; King, 4,107. 

For President: W. Scott (Whig), 1,386,578; F. Pierce (Dem.), 
1,601.474; John F. Hale, 156,149. 


Orvilla Pack having died, Chas. Turman administers. Bond, 
$6,000. He m'd Sarah McClain, n^e Price, of Harrison Co., Ky. 
They came to Missouri in 1837, and settled near Ridgely. He 
died in June, 1852, and his widow in 1883. Ch : 

I. SUSAN MARY PACK, m'd Lawson Rogers, of Buchanan. 
She is now a widow. 
II. WILLIAM PACK, of Gardner, Kansas, m'd Sennie Lasuer. 

III. HENRY M. PACK, a merchant of Edgerton, m'd 1st, April 8, 

1875 Melissa Gustin ; b. Feb. 17, 1855, dr. of Alfred. She d. 
March 16. 1880, leaving: 
1. WWiani. 2. Xettie. 
Tb-nrv M. m'd 2d, :Mav 21. 1885, Mollie Kasiuo. 

IV. liK^ITARD W. PACK, b. in Platte Sept. 24, 1842: m'd Jan. 8, 

1 870, Susan Y. Dale, b. Oct. 31, 18,52, dr. of Thomas. She is 
a lovely Christian lady. Mr. Pack has been sucessively 
farmer, merchant, hotel-keeper, miller, constable, and 
sheriff. He was a soldiei* in Ca])t. Chi'isman's company, of 
NVinstnn's i<-giment. and saw hai'd service. After the war. 

1852, AUG. 153 J. S. OWENS. 

he drove n tram on the phiins; ivturuiug, he went to Bu- 
chanan County, thence to Clay, and finally settled in Platte. 
In 187.") we find him at Parkville. In November, 1884, he 
was chosen sheiitf by a vote of 2.78."), against 1>:{.~) for Coch- 
ran; and he was re-elected in Novemlxn-, 188(1. by a vote of 
2,558. ajiainst 817 for (iraden. He made an excellent oflH 
cer, and by his generous nature and unassuming- disposi- 
tion has made many friends. He has been burned out three 
times, and has but little left, yet he enjoys unbounded 
credit. He is now a merchant at Tracy. Ch : 

1. OrvWa Pack (ii), b. Nov. 20, 1870; m'd Feb. 10, 1893, 

Nettie Dziubon. 

2. Bi/ro)i Park. b. Oct. 4, 1872. :?. Aiiitic. b. Jan. 23, 1878. 
4. Harru Pack. b. June 31, 1881. 5. irj7//c. b. Dec. 7, 1883. 


Aug. 7 — John Sanford Owens died near Camden Point. Dan 
iel & Montgomery administered, giving bond for .f20,000. He was 
a son of John Owens and Nancy Sanford, and was born in Virginia 
in 1800. He removed to Henry Co.. Ky., and there married Har- 
riet B, Moore, who died in December. 1860. They came to Platte 
in 1845, and settled near Camden Point, on a large farm. Mrs. 
Owens survived her husband, and died in December, 1860. Ch: 
I. NANCY OWENS, ni'd Kev. James J. Daniel. She died, and 

Mr. Daniel removed to Gentry Co., where he died, 
n. POLLY ANN OWENS, m'd in 1844, Geo. Montgomeiy. in 
Kentucky. He was a son of Adam Montgomery, who came 
from Scotland. They came to Platte in 1845, an<l settled 
near Camden Point. Ch: 

1. Harriet Montf/otnen/. d. in Noy.. 1865 ; m'd Boom France. 

No cliildren. 

2. Adam Montqomcrn. m'd Samantha France, sistei' of 

Harriet's husband. They live in Buchanan. Ch: 
[^'] Adam Montgomery; [''] John S.. m'd Sonora 
France. No children. 

3. Cico. F. }fonf</oiiicr!/. m'd Bettie Coyle. Livt' in Bu 


4. Florence, m'd Cy. Coyle, nephew of Bettie, Gentry Co. 

5. Hall Montqnmery. m'd Ollie Anderson. No ch. 

III. JOHN THOS. OWENS, b. in Henry Co., Ky., Sei)t. 10, 1835; 
came with his ])arents in 1845; m'd Feb. 26. 186L MinerA\a 
A. Dean, dr. of John B. Dean, a well-educated and accom- 
plished lady. Mr. Owens is an intelligent and Christian 
gentleman, and active in sustaining tlie Orplian School at 
Camden Point. In 1882 he was elected collectoi' of IMalte, 
and was re-elected in 1884. No man ]»ossesses more, the 
esteem and confidence of the })eople. He now owns the 
old homestead, and. with his son. is selling goods at Cam- 
den Point. Cli : 

1852, AUG. 154 THE OWENS. 

1. Harriet Oicens. b. Nov. 4, 1862; m'd Feb. 24, 1882, 

James G. Lewis, son of Isaac T. James, was b. May 
14,1859. Ch: [«] Eula Belle Lewis; ['^l Owens T. 

2. Siclnei/ M. Oirens, m'd April 9, 1889, Dona Moore, dr. of 

Thomas. Ch: [«] Oelo Owens. 

3. Andrew Bart. Owens, m'd December 14, 1892, Maggie 

Maupin, dr. of Thomas R. 

4. Eliz. Owens, m'd Sept. 17, 1890, Frank Bruce, son of 


5. Lifdia E. Owens (Lifcla), m'd Oct. 28, 1896, Frank Hillix. 

6. Frankie Owens. 

IV. MAPLE P. OWENS, b. in Henry Co., Ky., Sept. 14, 1840; m'd 

June 28, 1866, Eliza Dean, dr. of J. B. * Ch: 

1. Xora Owens, b. Aug. 2. 1868; m'd Noy. 3, 1890, Jeff. 

Masoner, son of Geo. Ch: [«] Minta; [&] a babe. 

2. James F. Owens. 3. Lela. 4. K^usie. 5. Ella. 
6. JIaple P. (ii). 

V. LEWIS F. OWENS, m'd Feb. 25, 1871, Mary E. Maupin. dr. 

of Thomas R. Ch: 

1. Mabel. 2. Franl: Liye in Nodaway County. 
Dr. William Jewell, founder and promoter of the college that 
bears his name, died at Liberty, Mo. 


Aug. 9 — Joseph Martin haying died, Brightberry Martin, his 
son. administered. Bond. flO.OOO. He was a brother of Zadock 
Martin, but of kinder disposition and gentler manners. He was 
a natiye of Kentucky, and in 1800 married Nancy Brown, born in 
May. 1781. In 1837 they came to Platte, and settled near Park- 
vill<\ Childrcm: 

I. I5RIGHTBERRY :\L\RTIN. b. in Kentucky May 15, 1811; 
d. in Platte April 29, 1890; m'd Feb. 22, 1835, Eliz. Willis, b. 
in Estill Co., Ky., Feb. 23, LS18; d. July 15. 1889. They had 
tlir(M' daughters, who married and died, leaying children. 
(See Jane Martin.) 
IL BETTIE A. MARTIN, m'd Ahiu Ross. 

V. SARAH :\IARTIN. m'd Thos. Harrington. 
VL MA LINDA ^L\HTIX. md H.C. C. (Jray. 

Vir. GHEKXlJEHliV (ii). m'd Eliz. .' 


LX. RHODA.m'd F. Y. Flannery. (See.) 

In the ])artition ])roceedings of Jose])li Martin's estate (Cir 
<iiit Coiiif R<'((ud F., ]i. 552i his widow is called Rliodn. 

1852, AUG. 155 THE MARTINS. 

GE01{(iE MAirriN. 

Any. SO — George M;iitiii having (li(*<l, .J;is. II. Layton ct al. 
qualified as executors, giving bond for |;4().(MM». He married Mar- 
garet LauKir. .Mr. Maitin was a wealthy and intluenlial eilizen 
of Miirshnll Township. Ch: 
II. E\'ALINA, ni'd Win. MeKav. Live in Colorado. 
IV. ELIZABETH, m'd Jones. She died, leaving: 

1. Eidliiw Jones. 1*. Susan A. .">. Mincrni. H. Kate. 
IV. ELIZA A. ALVRTIX, ns'd Ilirjini Lovchuly; ni'd iM. ('has. W. 
V. GEOK(}E \V. .MARTIN. de;i(l. 
VL JOHN \V. MAKTIX. b. in Missouri .Inly ;;i. ls:U\: \u\\ May i".), 
185(>, Sarah Lamar. Ch: 
1. Chas. A. 2. Roht. L. ?>. Geo. U. 

4. Nellie ./., m'd IJela Oliver. 

5. Mi/ 1 tie />., m'd John Lay son. 

6. Joseph L., b. Mav 12. I'sj:!. 


John Swaney buys Lots 7 and S, Rlock oO. Platte City, and 
erects a brick residence, now owned by J. Zarn. 


Sept. 1 — Finch & Smith are now issuing the Reporter, a Whig 
paper, at Weston. 


Sept. 21 — Henry Boydston (ii) having died, July 27, 1852, his 
widow, Mary, administered, giving bond for ffiOOO. Henry mar- 
ried Mary (I'olly) Holland. She died :March (>, 1S()(;. He 'was a 
son of Henry lioydston (i), who died in Platte. Children of 
Henry liii and Polly: 

L TiEN liOYDSTON, m'd in 18(;7, Mat. A. Borden, di-. of John. 
He lives in the noi-theast part of IMatte, and is wealthy and 
influential. Ch: 

1. Dr. Marrin C., graduated at Louisville Medical Col- 

lege in 1895. 

2. Wei</lnn<in M. H. \ anderer. 4. Com H. 5- June A'. 
G. Thos. H. 7. Ben F. 8. Martha E. 0. Sue Boifdsfon. 

IL ELIZABETH BOYDSTON, m'd March 10, 185M. S. Hol- 
land, son of Thos. Ch: 

1. Man/ Holland, m'd Lee Worthington. Ch : ["] Thos. ; 

[''] Bessie. 

2. ff/;<H/r //o//f/»f/, m'd James Kitchen. Ch: ["] Fred. 
in. JAS. N. BOYDSTON, b. Nov. 28, 18:i::; living: mM Eliz. J. 

Holland, dr. of Thos. Ch: 


1. 77/O.S-. H. Boydston, m'd March 3, 1880, Kate Lott. 

Ch: ["] Harry L. Boydston; [&] Jennie; [c] Georgia; 
[d] Holland; '[e] Lon. 

2. MoUlc Boi/dston, m'd March 3, 1880, G. W. Shafer, of 

Clinton. Ch: ["] Bessie. 

3. J. Frank Boi/dston, m'd Mollie Carrington, dr. of W. T, 

Ch: [«] Geo. Boydston; [&] Essie; [f] James. 
1. Alice Boydston, m'd Feb. 18, 1883, John Shafer, son 

of Ben. 
5. Ella Boydston, m'd John Ray, son of George. Ch: 
. ["] Jennie; [^>] Essie; [<='\ Aytch; [f^] Estelle B, 

IV. THOS. S. BOYDSTON, living; m'd Sue*^ Stone, dr. of Strode. 

1. Henry. 

2. Rush Boydston, m'd Nov. 8, 1893, Robt. M. Dulin. 

3. TJios.D. 4. Birdie. 

5. William B., m'd Nov. 24, 1896. Lilly Johnson, dr. of 
Henrv. 6. ^Strode. 
y. LAURA BOYDSTON, m'd June 20, 1862, R. True Davis, b. 
in Buchanan in 1837; d. in St. Joseph Dec. 14, 1894. Ch: 

1. Mattie, m'd W. H. Whimple. 

Laura died, and Mr. Davis m'd 2d, her sister, 
VL MARY BODYSTON, who survives him. Ch: 

2. Mrs. R. L. Beaumont, of Chicago. 3. R. M. Davis. 

4. 7?. True Davis (ii). 5. Willie. 6. Nannie. 

Mr. Davis resided, for years, at New Market; went to St. 
Joseph, engaged in the milling business, and. as a miller, 
possessed a world-wide reputation; twice elected county 
collector, and in 1878 was chosen State senator. He took 
an active part, as a Democratic politician, and was untiring 
in building up St. Joseph. 
Vn. f^ROW BOYDSTON, m'd Wm. Smith. 

We have given above only the i)osterity of Henry Boydston 
(ii); but he had brothers: 

n. willia:m boydston. 

TV. WESLEY, killed in the Civil War. 
\'. SAM TEL BOYDSTON, m'd INIaliala T'otter, niece of Sam'l. 

1. Annie, m'd Dec. 16, 1844. W. A. :\nt(hell. son of Robt. B. 

2. John 77.. m'd Ellen rayne. 

:t. Wm. lioi/dston. h. Nov. 26. 1857; m'd Oct. 26. 1880. Mollie 
(Miinn'. dr. of Elijah. (Mi: ["] Lee Boydston; [''] Eli- 
jnli: ['1 Brarl ;'[''] Zula M.; [^ Jiiauita. 



<t(f. ? — lMiili]» Bellis having died, Mary Bellis adininistei-ed. 
I*»(»ii(l. ."<1 (1.(10(1. Tlu'v lived above Litan. Ch: 

1852, OCT. 157 THE KELLERS. 

I. JAMES BEI^LIS, m'd Mai-iitrcl IJcllis (coiisiin. <'li: 
1. Mori/, m'd Jiis. IToliium. 
II. ELLEN P.ELLIS. iii'd W . 11. II. Itn.wii. Cli: 
L Luther. 2. Agues. .*{. Willidiii. 
IIL BAKTOX JJELLIS, m'd Jane Hiowii. sister of W. II. IT., and 
dr. of Carlisle. Ch: 

1. Henri/. 2. CdiHsIr. :\. Christ inc. 4. AV/r//. 

5. Saiuucl. (i. Ihnj. 7. DilUutf. S. AiiKinda. !) Alrin. 

Oct. 4 — Now ]\Iark('t incorporated, with Epli. Hill. -lames Dod- 
son, Wni. Singleton, Thos. Allen, and Jac. Adanison Irnstees. 

Oct. 19— Thos. .]. Keller having died, (1. W. and Jacob Kel- 
ler (ii). administered. Bond, $14,000. 


Who lived and died in Lexington, Ky., was the ])rogenitor of 
the family in ^Missouri. Eight of his children came west, and four 
settled in Clav, and four in Platte. Ch: 

L JAMES M. KELLER, m'd Bettie Dillingham. Ch: 

1. Mary E. Keller, m'd Jas. Adkins, of Libeity. 4 ch. 

2, Pauline Keller, m'd Jas. D. Harper. 3 ch. 
•3, Amanda Keller, m'd Bogy. 

IL THOMAS J. KELLER, m'd Eliz. Kay. Ch: 

1. Jacob Keller (ii), m'd Mabel Frv, dr. of .lohn M. Ch: 

[«] Tillie. 

2. Mari/ Mag. Keller, m'd Feb. 3, LS52, David Farra. Went 

to Oregon. 
8. Nannie Keller, m'd Elisha Cravens. Ch: ["] Alice. 

4. Sarah Keller, m'd Joseph .Johnson, of Kentucky. 

5. John R. Keller (ii), b. Feb. 28, ; d. .Julv 20, 1889: 

m'd 1st, Dec. 7, 1854, Nancv Swanev, d. Feb. 22, 1869, 

dr. of John. No eh. John R. m'd 2d, May 2, 1872, 

Sophia Ellington, dr. of Pleas. W. Ch: [''] Mollie 

Keller; [''] .lohn R. (iii); ['] Thos. Keller. John 

R.'s (ii) widow. Sophia, m'd 2d, -Ian. (i. 1S92, Jesse 


in. JOHN R. KELLER (i), b. in Jessamine Co., Ky., Dec. 18, 1812. 

He settled in Clay, and represented our senatorial district 

in 1874-78, as a Democrat. Ib^ was highly esteemed as a 

gentleman and statesman. He m'd June (>. 1S.88, Eliza 

Faulconer, dr. of Nelson and half-sister of W. K. Faulconer. 

1. Elizaheth Keller, m'd Noel Brooks, of Clav. Ch: 

["] John Brooks; [''] William; ['] Mamie; [''] Thos.; 
[f] Buder; [f] Charles Brooks. 

2. Sarah Keller, m'd John 1). [Iari»er, brother of Jas. D. 

(above). Ch: ["] Eliza Harper: [''] John; |' ) Dixie; 
[<i] Irene; ['] William. 

3. Geo. N. Keller, m'd a dr. of Dan'l Bell. 4 ch. 

1852, OCT. 158 THE KELLERS. 

4:. 77(06', -7. 7i('//e/' (ii), m"d a dr. of Joliu Story. 4 ch. 
5. Jos. F. Keller, m'd Ella, dr. of Campbell Kay. Ch: 
["] Campbell Keller; V>] Lizzie; [c] Sallie; [f^'] Cbas. 

0. Martha Keller, m'd Lon Adkins, brother of D. J., of 

Clav. Ch: ["] Lela Adkins; p] Robert; [p] Polk; 
[d] Church Adkins. 
IV. G. W. RICE KELLER, d. in Aug., 1861; m'd Mary Hampton. 
Their children : 

1. Sarah F. Keller, b. Aug. 27, 1810; m'd Nov. 3, 1859, Asa 

L. Smith, b. June 13, 1836; d. July 9, 1893. He was 
an intelligent, enterprising, and wealthy farmer. 
After the war, he removed to Platte City, and joined 
his brother, Geo. W. Smith, in a drug store, which 
he continued until his death. He was president of 
the Bank of Platte City, and was zealous in promot- 
ing the interests of the Camden Point Orphan School. 
He was a man of thought, and all his enterprises 
were ordered with sound judgment. He built a spa- 
cious and costly mansion in Platte City, and died as 
the last nail was driven. The widow lives with her 
only surviving child, in Platte City. I"] Gustavus 
W. Smith, b. Dec. 25, 1861; lives with his mother. 
He was cashier of the Bank of Platte City, and sub 
sequeutly of the Exchange Bank. He continued the 
Platte City drug store of his father until Jan. 1, 1895, 
when he sold out to Throckmorton, 

2. Martha Keller, m'd Thomas R. Smith, bro. of Asa, They 

live in Xew Mexico. Ch: {^'^ Lula; ['J] Eunice; 
['■] Sallie; [''] William. 

3. Eliza Keller, m'd S. J. Kirtlev. Ch: [«] Ravmond, 

[''l E.B. Kirtley(ii); [f] Fannie; [f^ Zadie; [e] Ora; 
[f] Charles Kirtley. 

4. Jfjhn 1). Keller, m'd ^Nlarch 27, 1878, Anni(^ M. Bovdston. 

Ch: [«] Rice Keller ; [''l a babe. 

5. Ella Keller, m'd Robert Hughes, son of Wm. S. No ch. 
(k Gen. Keller, d. :\rai-cli 23. 1S80. aged .53; buried in Platte 


7. Jeff. h. Keller, m'd S('])t. 4. ISSO. :\rary F. Deetz. They 

live in Buchanan. 

8. Man/ L. Keller. iiiM IMiilij) Kiitlcy. Live in Xew 

V. XA\( ^ KELLER, b. 13, 1803; m'd Feb. 11, 1824, 
Majoi- James P>radlev. b. in Kentucky, Feb. 10, 1798; d. in 
Plalte Se]>t. IC). 1869.' He was a son of Thos. Biadley. and 
grandson of Robert Bi*adlev, an emigrant from England in 
176(>. For many years he was a ])roininent figure in the 
civil and military affairs of Platte. He lived on the Cam- 
den Point load, three miles north of T'latte City, and his 
house was the headquartei-s of Sontheni soldiers during the 

1852, OCT. ]59 THE KELLERS. 

war. lie was slutrt. heavy, and lull ot' lilV. s|tiiii. and 
]>atriotisiii, Ch: 

I. Mdrthd Ann, ih'ml. i*. .1/^/ /•///;., dead. 

:{. 77/o.s'. K. H 1(1(11(1/. inM .liinc ll'. 1S,~);5. I.dii Tiincoln. of 

4. John H .. \\\\\ Hose I'cikiiis. <li'. <»!' Wiiliaiu. 
T). ./(tsij)]i, now in California. <i. Zadic, dead. 

7. S(illi(\ ni'd Sept. i:>. isTO. .lolin r.crrv Havs: ("h: 

["J Mabel. 

8. AiiKinda, dead. 

!). A'ra; m'd James .Maddinji. (Mi: ["] Maud; [''] Jas. 

-Madding-; ['] Wilbeil. 
10. -/(IS. F. HnuUcji (ii), of Son 111 Dakota. 

II. Will. W. lintdici/, of S. Dakota, ni'd Nov. S, 1SS:|, Bes- 
sie 1>. I»nt(Miei's. 

12. LcldiKlJ. 

l.'i. ./. Polk Bradlci/. now post master at Linnens, Mo., m'd 
Sept. 14, 1874, Mat tie Sandnskv. (Mi: ["] Bessie. 
VI. MARTHA J. KELLER, d. in D(m-., 1858; m'd John M Haves, 
d. An ^-.12, 1857. 

1. i^ain'l K. Hai/cs, went to Texas. 

2. Naiici/, m'd Dr. Thos. L. MMiomas (i). iSee.) 
;}. Roht. B. HaycM, d. in July, 18(i;i. 

4. Mary Jane Hai/cs, m'd .^[ar(•h 17. 1848, W'ilford Middle- 

ton (his se('(md wife), brother of John. 

5. John .]f. Hni/cs (ii), d. Nov. 1, ISCd); m'd Mary E. Kay. 

Slie lives in ('aiiMlen T'oiiit. 
(I. Ann IJIizd Hai/cs: 

7. Frank />. Ifai/cs. d. in May. 18()0; single. 
VIL SALLIE KELLER, b. AiT^. 11, lS();i. in Fayette Co., Ky.; m'd 
Ajiril 22, 181!), James Carson, b. in Ireland, Nov. 29, 179G; 
d. May (>, 187;i. They came to Platte in 1S40. and entered 
laud near Camden Point; sold in 1852, and went to Clay, 
^Yhere .Mis. Carson d. July 2S. 1872, and her husband d. 
:\Iay t;. 1S7:!. 

1. .1//// Carson, m'd XN'ilford Middh'toii iliisl wife). No 


2. M(i(/(lal(n Carson. iiiM Win. Thomason. of (Ma v. (Mi: 

I"] Sallie Thomason. m'd Feb. 14. 187S. John 1. Skill- 
man, b. in Platte Feb. 27, 1850. .Mrs. Skillmau is a 
lovely and accomplished lady. .Mr. Skillman was 
educated at Win. Jewell College. He is now a suc- 
cessful farmer, six miles north of TMatte (Mty. He is 
a son of the late (Miris. A. Skillman and urandson of 
Senator Andrew .lohnson. (Mi: |/] .\ Hie Skillman ; 
\.2] (Miris A. Skillman (ii). Mr. Win. Thomason has 
other ( hildren in Clay. 
.'?. 77/r^s'. ./. Carson, b. Feb. 19. 18:^2. in Kentucky; came to 
Platte with his parents in ISIO; m'd Ajiril 28, ISo.*^. 

1852, NOV. 160 MARRIAGES. 

Amanda Jeter, b. Aug. 27, 1832 ; d. Nov. 20, 1890. He 
m'd 2d, June 14, 1892, Mrs. Mattie Bywaters, widow 
of James H. Bvwaters and dr. of Price Starks. She 
was b. in Scotland Co., Mo., Aug. 29, 1846. Ch: 
["] Emma Belle Carson, b. Oct. 12, 1854; d. Aug. 30. 
1873; she was the first wife of Charles H. Short- 
ridge, whom she married in Jan., 1871; [^] Jas. H. 
Carson, b. Jan. 20, 1858; [c] Chas. E. Carson, b. Dec. 
15, 1860; [il] Luther L.,b. Sept. 6, 1864; [e] Maggie, 
b. Jan 1, 1868; [f] Maud Carson, b. Feb. 26, 1871; m'd 
Dec. 27, 1888. D. D. Merchant, son of Sam'l; [f/] Wil- 
lie, b. July 24, 1874; ['^] Thos. J. (ii), b. June 2, 1877. 
Mr. Carson is a gentleman of engaging manners, 
and is highly esteemed. He was elected assessor in 
1852; was deputy sheriff for ten years, and the prin- 
cipal auctioneer in the county; he knows everybody. 
He owns the old Jeter farm, near Camden Point, and 
is deeply interested in the success of the Orphan 
School. He has served as deacon in the Christian 
Church for many years. Mrs. Carson is an educated, 
and charming woman. 
VHT. ELIZABETH KELLER, m'd Wm. Wynn. Live in Clay. 

1. Man/ Jane Wynn, m'd Prof. Bradlev. 

2. Lottie, m'd Noll. 3. William. 4. Belle, m'd Dr. Miller. 
5. Diddle, m'd Potter. 6. Fannie, m'd Reed. 

7. Elizaheth Wynn. 


Presidential Tote: Pierce (Dem.), 1,585,574; Scott (Whig), 
1,383,537; Hale (Free Soil), 157,296. 

Nor. 3 — David Maupin having died, Michie Maupin admin 
istered. (See.) 



August 19, Caleb Bailey married Jane Adkins. 
August 29, B. S. Stanley nuirried Hester Cox. 
October 19, A. (1. Woodward married Reb. Woodward. 
December 9, John Houls married Elizabeth Osboru. 
December .".(). \\'cslc\ .Inst us uiniricd Xiincv J. Ralston. 

1853, JAN. 161 BUSINESS MEN. 



Governor, S. Price; State Senator, A. M. Robinson; Congress- 
man. M. Oliver; Kepresentativ€'S, Brooks, Forbis, and Martin; 
Circuit Judge, E. H. Norton; Circuit Clerk. W. C. Remington; 
County Justices. Laytou. Duncan, and Clark; County Clerk, P. R. 
Waggoner; Sheriff. L. Slic']»ard; Assessor, Jas. Carson; Treasurer, 
W. Cliristison; IM'obate Judge. .las. Kuykeudall; Surveyor, H. N. 
Jenks; Coroner, A. L. Perrin; Public Administrator, Jac. Swope; 
Circuit Attorney. .Tas. Craig; Commissioner of Common Schools, 
J. A. Headley. 


.4 f Platte City: Attornevs— W. B. Almond, W. C. Baker, J. 
H. Baldwin, R. p". Clark. J. A. Headley, Thos. Herndon. H. Miles 
Moore. J. E. Pitt. E .0. Sayle. J. G. Spratt. John Wilson, Rees. 

Physicians — Baldwin. Callahan, Marshall, Redman, String- 
fellow. Wallace. 

^Merchants, etc. — Ferrier. FU'shnuin, Fox & Brooks. R. D. 
Johnston & Keith, S. Johnston, ^Metcalfe (postmaster) & Bradley, 
Remington & Kuykendall, L. Rees, Paxton & Callahan. Richards, 
Townsend & Cliristison. Lutes. Elder A. P. Williams of the Baptist 

At Weston: Attorneys — Bird, Branch, Diefendorf. Doniphan, 
Lawson. Ramage. Tylee, Wolf. Wilkinson. 

Physicians — Bonifant. Bowers. Fulton. Ridley. 

Merchants — Basye, Brown. Belt & Murphy. Blanjour, Bran- 
ham & Norris. Briggs & Wilkinson. Deckelman. Cody, Devin, 
Doppler, Evans, Ferguys. Frank. Gillespie. Gist. Guenther, Knud- 
son. Lindley, McKown. Meyer. Mettier, Noble, Perrys & Young, 
Raileys. Strang. Tutt & Hood. Warner, Wilhite, Wood. 

At Parkrille: Aspling. Burues. Burney. Davis & Arnold, 
Dale & Ringo. Kuykeudall. Clardy. Crust, McDonald, Park, Patter- 
son, Richardson. Stoddaid & ^fcComas. Summers. Woodsmall. 
Goodyear. Roberts, Silvey. 

At New Afarket: Armstrong, Bishop, Cartwright, Drs. Wall- 
ing & Browning. Roberts & TJssary, Allen. 

At RUhiehi: Chiiiu. Chirk. Black. Dodd. Sayle. Smither, 


Jan. 6— Dr. E. S. Clardy settles in Parkville. 
•Jacob Mettier buys ])roperty in Weston. 


Jan. 16 — James Burnes died at Buena Vista. Lewis Burnes 
qualifies the 15 inst. as his executor. Bond, $5,000. 
1 1- 

1853, JAN. 162 THE BURNES. 


I. The tii'st of the family of which there is reliable record was 
Campbell Biirness (sic), sometimes written "Burnhies." He was 
boru ill Ediiiburgh. Scotland, about 1718. His connection with the 
political troubles of 1745 bi-ought about the confiscation of Ids 
property, and he tied to the mountains of Batlock. in Kincardine- 
shire, where he died, disappointed and disheartened. He was 
buried in the churchyard of Lochlea, near Alloway Mill, on the 
Doon. His children were left without means, a charge upon his 
younger brother, William Burness, whose wealth consisted chiefly 
of a noble and motherly wife, whose maiden name was Agnes 

n. Among the children thus left was Peter Burness. He 
was born in Kincardineshire in 1752, Without education or for- 
tune, Peter Cclme to America in 1771, and settled at, or near. 
Norfolk, Va., where, in 1777, he married Charlotte Hayden, and 
in his marriage record for the first time the name is written 
Burnes. He removed to Spottsylvania Co., Va., where 

HI. James Burnes was born February 14, 1779, and Dan'l 
Burnes November 17, 1781. Their mother died February 8, 1782, 
and in 1790 Peter Burnes married a second time; but his wife was 
of violent temper, and so disagreeable to her step-sons that they 
went to Chillicothe, Ohio, in 1803. But James Burnes returned 
to Virginia, and married December 29, 1805, Mary Thompson, Of 
this marriage were born seven sons and three daughters: 1, Nel- 
son; 2, Lewis; 3, Fielding; 1, Daniel D. ; 5, Milton; 6, James N. ; 
7, Calvin F.; 8, Mary; 9, Charlotte; 10, Susan Burnes. Of these, 
Milton, Mary, and Charlotte died in infancy. 

In 1824 Mr. James Burnes remoA-ed to Morgantown, Ind., and 
subsequently to Vermilion County, in the same State. He be- 
came a merchant, and laid off the town of Springfield. The father 
possessed sound judgment, with energy and independence. In 
1836 Lewis Burnes, on horseback, visited the Platte country, and 
brought back such a favorable report that in 1837 the whole family 
came west. Lewis and his family settled in the Missouri bottom, 
near Farley. Fielding and his father located a mile or two north 
of Camden Point, opened a store, and called it Buena Vista. After 
a few years. Lewis and Daniel D. engaged in the mercantile busi- 
ness at Weston. The polic\- of the father was to unite his sons in 
business, that they might be of mutual hel]). Thus the power and 
influence of the family was augmented, and, in politics and busi- 
ness, they became the most influential family in nortliwest Mis- 
souri. Their united powers gave them wealth and honor. 

James Burnes (i) was born in Sytottsvlvania Co., Va., Feb. 14. 
1779; d. at Buena Vista Jan. 10, 18.53; m'd Dec. 29. 1805, ^Lary 
Thoni7)Son. b. in Louisa Co.. Va., Aug. 12. 1787; d. in Weston Nov. 
23, 1802. Ch : 

L LEWIS BUKNES. b. in Ohio, May 12, 1810; d. in St. Josei.h. 
Mo., Nov. 17, 1879. He was buried at Laurel Hill Ceme 


tery, at WCsioii. \s her*- ilic diisi of liis father reposes. Ho 
iii'd 1st, Maiia Itiuwn. w tin died, lea \ iii<;()iK' child : 

1. JoIdi. 

Honrdl'd, Now li', IS4I, Naii(_\ r.ozartli. widow of AbinM-. 
They had two chiliheii: 

2. Li::i('. was 1». in W'csioii Od. l!l. 1S4S; d. Nov. 1. IHSl; 

m'd W. K. Siiialicy. 
•"!. \ ictoriti. who in'd Asli. Slitddarl. a iiicrrhaiil of 

-Ml-. IJiinir.s siaricd life as a fanner, hccanic a justice of 
the }»ca<('. riiiia^cd cxtcnsividy in niei-chai)disin<;, and in 
various xcn lures on the phiins; rose by liis own energy and 
intellij^cnce t<> a hij^h posit ion at tlie bar, and as a ])(dilician 
lie reached th<* place of State senator from our district. 
Tlis versatile ialeui and indomitable energy re<|uired con- 
stant change of pursuit and stood in the vvav of success. 
II. SITSAX BUliXES, m'd Oct. 7, 1889, at Buen'a Vista, Samuel 
T. Mason, b. at ( "hillicothe, Ohio, March (i, ISOC. She was 
his second w ife. The first wife left no (diildren. He was a 
man ()f laij^c exjK'rience an<l enterprise. C]\: 

1. \V(ilJ<i(<\ died, leaving- 4 cIiildr(Mi. 

2. ^'/^s7/// HlJciioid, m'd .June L'l. ISIil. (\ W. (iiaves. and 

di<Ml, lea\iuj^' 1 child. 
•"!. Lola!, m'd Feb. 17. 1S7(I. .las. .Mc< 'ounell. L* 

4. Alice ]f<tsiiii. ni"d lOdward Tost. 
.". Cdlriii /•'.. h. May i:!. 1S4!); m"d Maiy Recl(U-. No 

<;. Luther />. 
ni. FIKL1)1X(J lU'KNKS. b. near Davtcm. Ohio, Mav l^."). 1819; 
d. Nov. 18, 1890, in Platte City; m'd 1st, Aug. 30. 1842, Mary 
Arnohl, dr. of Thomas, of Clay. She was b. Aug. 14. 1824. 
and d. Nov. 28, 1855, leaving: 

1. i^U!<(tii Ellen Bunies, b. :\ray 2S, 1845; m'd Aug. ;{1, 18f>:'., 

Dan'l F. Tebbs. They went to Salt Lake. 5 children. 
Mr. Fielding P.urnes nrd 2d, A]»ril 15, 1856, Eliz. Sum- 
mers, b. F<'b. 2(;, 18.^:7; d. at Flatte City -Jan. 20, 1S85. She 
was a lovely- woman — beautiful, stately, spirited, and full 
of Christian zeal and good works. Ch: 

2. Alice />. liurncH, b. Feb. 20, 1857; m'd April 24, 1879, 

Henry A. Ivoster, b. in California Nov. 0, 1850. No 
children. She is a ]>leasant. agreeable, and intelli- 
gent Christian lady. They now live in Platte City. 
^Ir. Koster is well educated and possesses versatile 
falents. He was ai fii-st a raili-oad em]iloyee. then a 
professor in the Haskell Indian School, at Lawrence. 
Kansas; became an Indian trader, and was awarded 
some i»i'ofitable contracts; laid off an addition to 
Platte < 'il \ ; Ituilt a beautiful and commodious dwell- 

1853, JAN, 164 THE BURNES. 

ing; erected a grain elevator at Tracy, and it is now 
his daily emiiloyment to superintend it. Mr. Roster's 
literary and scientific acquirements were attained in 
Paris, France. 

3. Alotizo D. Bunies, h. Oct. 28, 18C0, graduated at the 

State Uniyersity at Columbia; studied law. and was 
admitted to the bar; m'd Jan. 6. 1892, Eyelina Boone, 
of Faj-ette, Mo., a lady of intelligence, beauty, and 
yarious graces. Mr. Burnes resides at Platte City, 
and has one of the most valuable law libraries in the 
West. His practice is large, and he is fast rising to 
distinction. He served two terms as county attorney, 
and was chosen, one term, president of the Agricul- 
tural M. & S. Co. of the county. 1 child: [«] Boone 
C. Burnes, b. Feb. 12, 1894 ; d. Jan. 4, 1896. 

4. CammiUa i9. Bunies, b. March 29, 1873; m'd April 21, 

1892, Dr. Spence Kedman, who graduated at Jeffer- 
son Medical College of Philadelphia, April 2, 1883. 
She is a lovely lady, and Dr. Spence Redman is 
highly regarded by his x^i'of^'ssional brethren. 1 
child: [«] Marguerette. 

5. Biieua Tista Burnes, b. April 9, 1876; m'd Feb. 21, 1893, 

R. Harry Hunter. 1 child: [«] Fielding B. Hunter. 

Col. F. Burnes m'd 3d, July 23, 1892, Miss Gertrude L. 
Bangs, of Washington City, from whom he has been 

Mr. Burnes was a large farmer, and still owns Buena 
Vista, a body of 400 acres of choice land. He rents his 
land, and resides at his home in Platte City. His children 
are all married. He was, in 1837, elected colonel of the 
77th Regiment of Missouri Militia. For the Mexican War 
he raised a part of a regiment of volunteers, but peace in- 
terfered with his plans. He engaged in mercantile ven- 
tures at Parkville. Hampton, Weston, and Platte City, 
successively. He was receiver at the State land office 
at SaA'annah; held a Federal office at Washington, D. C; 
tried the insurance business, at Leavenworth; and by his 
vesatility of talent found many vocations. 
IV. DANIEL DEARBORN BURNES, b. in Indiana August 11. 
1822; d. in Platte Co., Mo., April 13. 1867; m'd May 14. 1851, 
A'iiginiii W'iun. dr. of Geo. and Emily; ^Irs. Burnos d. April 
22. 1866. She was a lady of gracr and beauty, and by her 
cluirms won general favor. Mr. Burnes was a gentleman 
of captivating address, and by his urbanity won the con- 
fidence and esteem of the people. He had more suavity of 
manner than any of his brothers. He represented the 
county in the Legislature, and was elected to the State 
senate, but was "counted out.'* His death, just as he was 

1853, JAN. 165 THE BURNEvS. 

entering uijon a new jiolilical ( aimn'. was much lamented. 
Child i-en: 

1. Miuji liunics, ni'd Col. Milton Moore, of Kansas City. 

3 cliildrcMi. 

2. EniiiKi lii(nifs, ni'd 'i'heo. Wiiiiiiiighani, of Chicago. 

■i. Kate Humeri, ni'd dnno S, 1S87, Elias S. Catch. She was 
called "The Fairie of Ayr-Lawn." 

4. Virginia Burnes. o. Jo.s-. N., Jr. 6. Lewis C. Burnes. 

Mv. Burnes and his brotlu'r, James N. Burnes. made a 
covt'nant that the survivor should take the estate of the 
deceased, and adopt his children. This agrecnnent was 
consummated by Col. Jas. N. Burnes, and the children of 
Daniel D. inherited their shares in the estate of James N. 
That estate is now a corporation, and is called ''The Bui-nes 
COL. JAMES K BURNES, b. in Morgan Co.. Ind.. July 15. 
1827; d. at Washington, D. C, Jan. 21, 1889; m'd July 15. 
1847, :N[ary A. Skinner, b. Oct. 2, 1828 in Kentucky; living at 
St. Joseph. Mr. Burnes was ten years of age when the 
Burnes family settled in Platte. After receiving the best 
education attainable in the West, he entered Harvard 
College, and graduated with credit in 1852. He was ad- 
mitted to the bar Dec. 6, 1853. He oi)ened a law office in 
Weston, and, with his partner, H. J. Wolf, did an extensive 
business throughout upper ^Missouri and eastern Kansas. 
He became interested in every scheme or enterprise for the 
improvement of society and the welfare of the people. 
February 1, 1867, he was appointed judge of the Weston 
Court of Common Pleas, which office he resigned in 
1872, to remove to St. Joseph. To his energv. chiefly, we 
owe the Weston & Atchison R. R., the Chicago & S. W. 
Ry., and the Leavenworth and the Atchiscm bridges. 
With his brother, Calvin F. r>urnes, he started the National 
Bank of St. Joseph and the waterworks of that city. His 
financial power and integi-ity were seen and acknowledged 
by all, in 1877, when his name was found on the bond of 
State Treasurer Gates, and the deposits of that officer, 
amounting to over a million dollars, were in the Mastin 
Bank, at Kansas City, and the Bank of Missouri, at St. 
Louis, and both were brokeu. ^^■hile the other sureties 
despair-ed, or covered their property from execution, he 
was firm and true; took the assets of the defunct institu 
tions, closed them out, and paid every dollar due the State. 
It is said that in these operations he cleared .flOO.OOO. 
His character as a financier w^as established, and i)oliticai 
honors were thrust ujjon him. In 1882 he Avas elected to 
Congress, as a Democrat, and reelected a second and a 
third time, from this district. He took a high ]>osition in 
Congress as a statesman and orator. He had alieadv at 

1853, JAN. 166 THE BURNES. 

tained the iiaine aud character of the best debater from the 
West, when he was suddenly cut down bv death, even in 
his very s(^at in tlie House. His speeches in Congress, with 
a handsome portrait and a short slietch of his life, written 
bv De Knight, his private secretary, have been published in 
an octavo volume of 480 ])ages. His name is revered as 
a public benefactor, a ]n-ofound statesnum. and a success- 
ful financier. 

-Mrs. Burnes is a daughter of I'hinehas Skinner, an early 
merchant, farmer, and trader, of Platte. She still lives in 
the Burnes mansion near St. Jose])h. She is a woman of 
intelligence, aud is honored for her vii-tues. Besides the 
adopted children of Daniel D. Burnes (iii. slie lias but one 
living child: 

1. Daniel D. Burnes (iiii. was b. at EingoUl. Blatte Co.. 

Mo., Jan. 4, 1851. He is a graduate of Washington 
College and the Law l)e]>artment of Harvard. He 
m'd May IT, 1877. Minnie Farrar, of St. Louis. He 
has had at different times, as his partners. Judge 
Silas Woodson, Judge O. M. Spencer, and Hon, S. B. 
Green. His name stands with the most illustrious 
lawyers at the St. Joseph bai'. In November. 1882, 
he was elected to Congress as a Democrat. At the 
end of his term he declined another nomination, and 
is now engaged in a lucrative practice of law, in St. 
Joseph. But death has removed his wife, leaving a 
lovely child: [«] Kennett F. Burnes. b. in 1878. 

2. Caldn Cavr Burnes. b. in 18.50. was rising to distinction 

when death called him hence Nov. 20. 1898. He 

located in Chicago, and tliere m'd Fannie Byram. 

who survives, with: ["] Mvrtk'. her onlv child. 

\'L CAL^^IN F. BCBXHS. b. in Indiana Feb. L^. 1880; d. at St. 

Joseph July 2<). 1890; nrd Sept. 27. Lv59. Kate Hughes, dr. 

of Hon. Jas. M. Hughes, one of our eai-liest congressmen. 

Mr. Burnes was president of the Bank of St. -Joseph and its 

chief stockholder. He was i-egarded as one of the best 

financiers of the age. He was connected in business with 

his l)rother, James, throughout tlie life of the latter, and 

many attribute the financial success of the firm to his ]>ru- 

dent management. While -lames N. engaged in liis daiing 

enterprises abroad. Calvin F. sujqdicd die funds and kept 

the accounts at lioiiic. lie is blessed with only one child: 

1, Mar II Humes. 

Jan. W — Capt. Andrew -Johnson sells 1(» -lames Ivnykendall 
the E. i of Block -87. Blatte City, for -^1.200. 


Feb. -i — IMatle Cily is graiiied. by tlic i,egislalure. a new- 

1853, FEB. 167 D. BOWUN. 


Felt. !J — Dclaiiy Bowliu's will probated, -las. Kuykendall 
(pialitiL's as his cxcciitoi'. IJoiid, |8.000. His will names his 
wife. Elizabeth. an<l his children. I'.en Uowiin and Elizabeth 
.McOee. (Xliers are refen-ed to. but no names p;iven. In the par- 
tition of his lauds, the following' children are parties: 1, I'olly, 
wife of Stei)hen iNIcCohim; '2. Elizaix'th. wife of .lohn S. liigbee; 
;>. .Jackson; 4, .Joel \V. ; 5, Sarah C; (>. Ben, Jr.; 7. Eliz. .1. Hosea; 
8. .John; !>. Frank M.[ 10. Maria, wife of Elisha Baker. 

William Bowlin (n(»t named above), is a son. and names many 
other children not mentioned in the records. 

Delany HoAviin seems to have been an extraordinary man. 
I)orn in Sc(>tland. he came to Virginia, thence to Tventncky, and 
histly to IMatte in 18.S7. The records show he was married Feb 
rnary 0, 1848, to TTannah Noland; and again, .Jannary 20, 1850, to 
IJzzie McDaniel. She is, ])erhaps, the wife he nann^s Elizabeth in 
his will. He married seven times, and had childrcMi by each wife. 
Their total nnmber was :)0. One of his sons married nine times, 
and had no child. Delany Bowlin was 118 years old at his death. 
T find in the censns of 1840 there was one ]>erson in Platte over 
100 yeai-s of ag(\ This mnst have been D. Bowlin, foi- I have never 
heard of any c(Mit(Miarian in this connly except D. liowlin and 
Thos. .Tones, ^'m. Bowlin, and others in the neighborhood of 
Waldron, will testify to the truth of these statements. If D. Bow- 
lin was over 100 in 1840. and did not die until 18,5.^>. there is some 
color to the 118 years claimed. 

Feb. Id — Solomon B. Bark bays Ihe Robert Cain farm, for 


ELISllA llAinnX(JT()\. 

FcJ). J I — l<]lislia Harrington died 1^'ebrnary 0, 185:!, and Isaac 
Sinijison administered. He was born in Tennessee in ISO.*?, and 
'•ame with his ]>a rents, in 1815, to Howard Couuty, Mo., and thence 
lo Clay, where he married Louisiana Martin, di*. of Isaac ^Nfartin. 
a brother of Zadock. Elisha was a man of spi-ight liness. an end- 
less talker and an int«M'esting one. Ch: 

r. .lACOB HAHBIXOTOX, b. in Ilnciianan Co., Feb. L'O, 18:50; 
came with his ])arents to Blatte in 1847, and settled near 
^\■aldron; m'd .March 1*5. 1S4S. .Maitha Tierce, dr. of Robert. 
Mr. llariington possesses superior nal nral mind; is a work 
ing l)emocral. and has made himself a leading spirit in his 
neighborhood. Ch: 

1. Luther H(iniii(/ton, m'd .luly :i, 1881, Mary Eliz. Denton. 

2. Strrlhiff P. Hnrrinr/ton, M.D. Luthei- and Sterling are 

zealous membeis of Farley AFasonic Lodge. an<l en- 
terja-ising young men. 
^. E. W(ilf<r Hairiiii/foii. m'd Jan. 5. 180:J. Emma Xoland. 


4. J. Wheeler Harrington, m'd Mattie Morris, dr. of Jas. 

Live in Kansas. 

5. Laura Harrington, m'd Nov. 26, 1891, Geo. Shield. 

6. William, deaf and dumb. 7. Marcella. 8. Robt. M. 
9. Susan E. 

11. MARY A. HARRINGTON, b. April 26, 1837; m'd March IS, 
1857, James M. Pierce, b. in Clay Oct 29, 1833; d. in Platte 
Dec. 24, 1883. Ch: 

1. Lucetta Pierce, m'd H. Z. Wolf. 1 child: [«] Marion 

2. Leanna Pierce, m'd Geo. Truman. Ch: [«] Emaline 

[ft] Charles; [c] Mary; [<?] Ollie; [f"] Jeff I). 
[f] Jasper Truman. 

3. Jacob A. Pierce, b. Nov. 4, 1864. 

4. Levara Pierce, m'd Geo. Barnes. No children. 

5. Nellie Pierce. 6. Lucella. 7. Lizzie. 8. Robert. 
9. Lockhart. 

ni. LUCY ANN HARRINGTON, m'd July 22, 1858, Alf. Nay 

lor (ii), dead. (See.) 11 children. 
IV. HETTIE J. HARRINGTON, m'd Isaac Simpson. (See.) 

Elisha Harrington m'd 2d, Jan. 1. 1843, Milly Martin, 
dr. of Zadock. Children: 
V. A. LISH HARRINGTON, m'd 1st. Jas. Perkins. 1 child: 
1. Frank Perhins. 

She m'd 2d. Nov. 2, 1872, Alfred Meyers. Lish's full name 
is Emaline A. Lish Harrington. 


Feb. 24 — The Platte County Railroad was chartered by the 
Legislature. It was organized in 1857, and the route surveyed 
from St. Joseph to Kansas City, by way of latan, Weston, and 
Parkville. It was subsequently extended beyond St. Joseph, and 
the State took |700,000 stock in the road.' It was afterwards 
called the Mo. Valley R. R. and later the K. C.. St. J. & C. B. R. R. 
It belongs to the Burlington system 


March 7 — E. S. Wilkinson enrolled as an attorney. 
Railey & Bro. buy the G. P. Post propertv in Weston, for 

March 1R — -Jas. H. Connolly onrollod as an attorney. 


March 19 — Arad J. Goodyear having died. Geo. Roberts ad- 
ministered. Bond. 120,000. His wife, Avho died before him, was 
Rcb. Casey, whom he married ISlay 17, 1845. He was a merchant 
iiud miller at Parkville from 1 S47 to 1853. With his partner. Geo. 


Roberts, he bought a large body of land, south and east of Park- 
ville, which was paititioucd among their resi)ective children. He 
was a zealous Mdhodist. and a good and pious man, Ch: 

I. FKAXCKS GOODVKAK. m'd Milan Ilaira.kman. and died 

in Illinois, leaving three children to their father's care. 

II. LEWIS GOODYEAR, who is married and lives in Kansas 

Iir. CHARLES GOODYEAR,d.Feb. 19,1874.:it Parkvi]le,leaving 
his estate to his nephews and nieces. 
Weston Commandery, Xo. 2, organized, under a dis])ensatiou, 
with .Tames ^filler, E. C; David Lindsay. Oen.; and W. A. Cun- 
ningham. Capt.-Gen. A diarter was granted September 19, 1853. 
Notley D. Pei)per having di<Ml. -lohn D. Pepper administered. 
Bond, 15,000. 

Sam'l Hodges buys land on Todd's Creeh. 


April i— Thompson T. Jones buys the S. W. ^ of Sec. 32, T. 53. 
R. 34, for $3,200. This sale, at |20 per acre, shows quite an 

Thompson Belt elected marshal of the Weston court. 

April 4 — Robt. F. Houston having died, P. Dunlap adminis- 
tered. Bond, $4,000. 

April 23 — John Collier having died, P. P. Robertson admin- 
istered. Bond, .f 12,000. 

The Christian Chiirrh al Weston buys of G. W. Belt a lot in 
Block 13, for .$000. 

Ben. D. Moore buvs of T. T. Jones the S. E. ^ of Sec. 2, T. 52. 
R. 34, for $1,700. 



Revenue collected $16,023.70 

Warrants drawn 0,970.94 

Surplus $9,046.70 

Expenditures in Detail. 

Bridges $ 547.00 

Poor 757.00 

Court-house 206.00 

Stationery 204.00 

Treasurer •.. 616.00 

Assessor 169.00 

Sheriff 365.00 

1853, MAY. 170 HANGING OF ABB. 

Attorney | 10.00 

County judges 216.00 

County Clerk 711.00 

Circuit Clerk 865.00 

Jail .. 69.00 

Other purposes 2,241.94 

Leyy 20 cents and 75 cents poll. 

Assessinent for 1833. 

Slaves I 934,585.00 

Personalty 799.002.00 

Laud and' lots 2,546,8^6.00 

Total ^4,280.463.00 

Mai/ 2 — Capt. John McCord hayino- died, Luke P. Stiles ad 
ministered. P>ond. |3,000. He liyed in the bottoms opposite 
Leayenworth. He built a steamer for the Missouri River trade, 
and named it The Edna, after his ^vife. An Irishman by birth, he 
was a steamboat captain on the Missouri. 

Maj/ 10 — William H. P>ell buys largely of real estate in 


Mail 20 — Paxton & Callahan buy of Jas. B. Martin one un- 
divided'half of the mills and- 300 acres of land for .f 15,000. They 
sell their stock of goods to ^Metcalfe & Bradley. W. B. Almond 
owned the other half of the mill proper-ty; and the new firm was 
knoAyii as Aliixtud. T'axton & Callahan. 


■I inif 12 — D. R. Atchison l)ii.\s of tlic ^iill Company 10 acres 
in a s(|uare, ou what has since been known as Atchison Hill, at 
$500. Tt lies south of Platte City. 

John A. Tiih liaving died. P. Kllingion administers. Bond, 

■I nnc 2Ji — James M. Knykeiidall keeps ;i fei-ry over the Mis- 
souri, at Parkvillc. 


This day. L. Shepard. sheriff, hung Abe. a negro. <-on\icted of 
nnii-dci-. A wliiie oal< tree was selected, standing :>0(l yards east 
of Hon. K. p. (\ ^Vilson's house, lu^ar Platte City. .\ hoiizontal 
limb was used ;is a gall(>ws. This is the only judicial hanging that 
ever took place in JMatte. Abe and Dan wei'e slaves of Nathan 
Xe\v1»y. l);iii \v;is foreman, and Newby ordered Dan to whi]) Abe. 


for some cause. Abe told Dan that if he (Dan) struck him, he 
(Abe) would kill him. But Dan struck, and Abe killed him with a 
knife. He was sentenced May 'H, IS.")."), by Judf^e Norton, to be 
hun<;' the L'4t]i of June. .Janics Crai^' was circuit attorney. Abe 
was defended by John Wilson and -I. 11. Connelly. T. T. Jones 
was foreman of the grand jury that found (he indict inont. The 
petit jury was as follows: 1, Jerry IJeery; 2, Jos. Daniid; 3, Amos 
Davis: 4, John W. Freeland; 5, Barnabas Gable; 6, Warren 
Gaines: 7, Thos. Kinisev (foreman); 8, Thos. King; 0, Gabe Mars: 
10, J. M. Mulkey; 1.1, Sam'l Potter; 12, B. S. Richards. The town 
was full of people, and a vast crowd attended the execution. 1 
went out to see the arrangements, luit returned before the 

Rush Creek Christian ('hiirch was organized by Elder John 


Jult/ i) — Abuer llarker having died, Eliz. Barker administered. 
Bond, .1i!'2,000. 

Julif IS — Lewis .J. Kay having died. Chus. TT. Kay adminis 

tered. Bond, |1,400. 

Jnli/ ti) — The United Baptist C'hurch of Weston was organized. 

Jvli/ 27 — Layton Ewell having died. Blufoid Stanton admin 
istered. Bond. 14,000. 

The fiuhiiitrial Lnminari/ was first published this year, at 
Parkville. by Park & Cundiff. It took a decided stand for free soil. 


Any. I — Kuykendall's term as ])robate judge having expired, 
he became a candidate for a se<-ond term : but was beaten by Jas. G, 

jliig^ J — \V. F. Dollins liaving died. -las. Dodd administered. 
Bond. $.3,000. 


Abraham Zabrisky having died, John Houts administered. 
B(md, |14,()0(K He was one of the earliest settlers in the bottoms 
of the Missouri, below Farley. Ch : 

L ABRAM ZABRTSKY iii), m'd Feb. 20, 1853, Lucy J. Davis. 
IL ANN ZABRISKY. niM Nov. 3, 1840, Richard Babcock. (S(m\> 
in. JANE ZABRISKY. dead: m'd Dec. 30, 18.5.5, Jas. L. (J ray. b. 
Feb. 9, 1835. He now lives in Leavenworth. Ch: 
1. Jas. W. Gray. 2. Mrs. Wallnrf. 
-las. L. (rray m'd 2d, Angle Heath. 
J\'. WILLIA.M ZABRISKY, was an enterprising merchant in 
Farley. He m'd May 28. 1857, Reb. McDaniel. (See.) < 'h . 
1. Jlary F. Zahrisfci/. m'd Sept. 24. 1876, John H. Walker, 
b. \\ug. 22, 184.5. Ch: |"1 Martha: |''] -los. C; 
['■] William Z. 

1853, AUG. 172 THE ASHBYS. 

Aug. 8 — Wm. L. Boulware having died, his father, John Boul- 
ware administered. Father and son, with John B. Wells, kept the 
Rialto ferry. 

Dr. B. F. Hollingsworth settles at Platte City. 


Aug. 11 — Newton Ashby's estate administered on bv S, B. 
Ashby. Bond, 1600. 

DAVID ASHBY was the progenitor. He was born in Penn- 
sylvania; came to Kentucky, where he married Sarah Burnett, 
aunt of Peter H. Burnett and sister of the first Mrs. Robert Cain. 
Thev lived north of Parkville. Ch : 
I. "^ NEWTON ASHBY, m'd Melissa Warren, of Clay; d. in 

Feb., 1858. 
II. JAMES H. ASHBY, went to Texas. 

III. FLORILLA, m'd John Brown. 

IV. CROMWELL. P. ASHBY, constable of Carroll Township; 

miller and mechanic ; m'd Silvey Karr, dr. of Jas. Ch : 
1. Pawton. 
y. JANE ASHBY, m'd Mav 26, 1848, Isaac Wilson. 
VL ELIZ. ASHBY, m'd Frank Hatton, Jr. 
YH. SAM'L B. ASHBY, m'd Dec. 14, 1852, Rachel Kimsey. (See.) 


Aug. 15 — Thomas McGachager having died, his widow, Sarah, 
administered. Bond, |4,000. He was a farmer, and left 300 acres 
of land on Platte River, which was divided among his four 
daughters. Ch: 

L MARY McGACHAGER, m'd July 10, 1856, Geo. D. Brink. 
She died, leaving a child, Clara, who died in infancy, leav- 
ing her father her onlv heir. 
IL NANCY L. McGACHAGER, m'd 1st, M. Donnelly, and was 
divorced. She then m'd Ben Veach. 
IIL SARAH E. McGACHAGER, d. in Jan., 1874; md Dec. 4, 1864, 
Nortlicut Naylor, son of Geo. T, b. in Bath Co.. Ky.. Aug. 7, 
1837; d. in Platte June 8, 1888. He was a farmer and an 
excellent citizen. For several years, he fi-eighted across 
the plains. Ch: 

1. Ti-'uirilla, m'd .Ian. 4, 188U, \Vn\. Dawson. Live in 


2. DrusillaNai/Io)\ m'd Wm. McDougal. Live in Kansas. 

3. Serilda Xai/lor. m'd Geo. Cray. Live at Denver. 

Mr. N. Naylor m'd 2d. Mnrch 4, 1876. Hannah Kerns, dr. 
of Jonathan, Ch: 

4. W(i(h Tfaiii/)t())i Xai/lor. 5. Julio. 

1853, AUG. 173 JOHN RIENER. 

IV. MATILDA ANN McGACHAGEK, ra'd June 27, 1867, Stephen 
Waldron. (See.) 
Aug. 28 — Thomas Metcalfe having died, H. B. Callahan ad 
ministered. He was an unmarried brother of Mrs. Callahan, and 
was, at his death, the postmaster of Platte City. He was also a 
partner of J. N. Bradley in the mercantile business at Platte City. 
Perry Keith succeeded as postmaster. 


Sept. 7 — Wm. M. Hatch having died, C. A, Perry administered. 
Bond, |3,000. 

W. H. Miller enrolled as an attorney. 


Oct. 8 — Jonathan Carpenter having died, W. H. Tebbs ad- 
ministered. Bond, 15,000. 

Oct. 14 — Elder A. P. Williams sells to Jas. Kuykendall the 
N. W. i of Block 14, Platte City, for $500. 

Oct. 18— W. C. Handley buys of P. Ellington a farm in T. 54, 
B.. 33, at |4,291. 

E. J. Miller buys of Jas. Dunham the N. W. ^ of Sec. 8, T. 
53, R. 34, for |3,000. ' 


Noil ■') — John Ritner having died. Dr. A. M. Robinson admin- 
istered. Bond, |5,000. He had a large farm on Smith's Fork, 
but was an excellent millwright, and Jas. B. Martin formed a 
partnership with him. Many improvements in the water mills at 
Platte City were his handiwork. When Morin bought an interest 
in the mills, Ritner returned to his farm. His widow's name was 
Sarah. Ch: 

I. ELIZABETH, wife of Lewis Hanum. 
n. MISSOURI A., wife of Jos. Edwards. 
HI. ANN, wife of Jos. Allen. 

Mrs. Sarah Ritner afterwiirds m'd Sebastian Ritner. 

Nov. /O— Jas. A. Headley is appointed commissioner of com- 
mon schools. 

Noi\ 18 — Geo. A. Wood having died at Parkville, J. C. Sum- 
mers administered. 

1853, DEC. 174 THE BREENS. 


James Breen settles at Weston in 1853. He was born in 
Ireland in 1830. His father, Edward Breen, came with his family 
To Mason Co., Ky., where he died, aged 99. Edward married Mary 
M ulkey. Their son, James Breen, married Mary Collins. Ch : 
I. EDWARD BREEN (ii), who was postmaster at Weston dur- 
ing Cleveland's first adminisfration. He m'd Mary Butler, 
and now lives in St. Joseph. 
II. CHARLES P. BREEN, b. June 29, 1858; m'd May 30, 1878, 
Mary Noll, dr. of Mat. He has been for nine years super- 
intendent of the construction of college building at Park- 
ville. He superintended the erection of the Mackay build- 
ing. Children : 

1. Edward. 2. Emmet. 3. Howard. 

Vn. ]\[ARY. 

ym. JOHN. 



Dec. 5 — B. F. Stringfellow enrolled as a member of the bar. 

Dec. 8 — John Daniels, after an exriting trial, is acquitted of 

H. C. Cockrell. J. N. Burnes, and C. F. Burnes enrolled as 

The Landmark of Nov. 20, 1885, refers to a number of the 
Industrial Lmninary of this date, jublished at Parkville, by Park & 
Cundifl'. six columns, folio. 



Governor, S. I*rice; Circuit Judge. E. H. Norton; State Sen- 
ator, A. M. Robinson; Circuit Clerk, W. C. Remington; Repre- 
sentatives, Brooks, Forbis, and Martin; JM-obate Judge. Jas. G. 
Spratt; County Justices, Clark. Duncan, and Layton; County 
Clerk, P. R. Waggoner; Sheritf, L. Shepard; Treasurer, W. Chris- 
tison; Circuit Attorney, Jas. Craig; County Attorney. W. B. 
Almond; Coroner, A. L. Perrin; Surveyor, H. N. Jenks; School 
r'omniissioner. J. A. Headley; Public Administrator. Jar-. Swope. 

1854, JAN. 175 * BUSINESS MEN. 


At Platte (Jity: Attorneys — Aliuoiul. IJaklwiii. Clitik. (Jon 
nelly, Cockrell, Headley, Herndon, Ilollin-^sworlli, IMtl. Hees, 
Sayie, Stringfellow, Wilson, H. M, Moore. 

Physicians — Baldwin, Brown, Callahan. H(>llingswoith, Mar- 
shall, Redman, Strin^fellow. Wallace. 

Merchants, etc. — Ferrier, Fleshnian, Fox «.^ Brooks, .Johnst(»ii 
cV: Son, S. .Johnston, Keith (postmasler), (ireen, (Jaines, Marshall cV: 
Bni-^-e, L. Bees, Bichai'ds. Swaney ^: Christison, S. A. -lack. 

At Wfi<t(m: Attorneys — Bird, A. N. cV: C. F. Burnes, Diefen- 
dorf, .Jas. Donijdian, .Tolin Doni])han, Mcf'nrdy. Wolf. Tylee, 

Physicians — Bonifant. Bowers. Bidley. 

Merchants, etc. — Basye & Brown, Belt & Murphy, Blanjour, 
Briggs, Cody, Davin. Dopier, Evans, Ferguys, Frank, (Jnenther, 
Keller & Kyle, Lingley, McCown, ^feyers. Harper. Noble, Parrott. 
Perrys «& Young. Bailey & Bro.. Warner, Wilhite. Newman. Met- 
tier (postmaster). Deity, Doss, Mitchell, Wallingford. 

Weston Court of Common Pleas — McCurdy, judge; Diefen- 
dorf, clerk; and Wallingford, marshal. 

Mayor — J. Woods. 

Hotels— McClure, McHolland. 

At Parl-viUe: Attorneys— W. M. & E. N. O. Clough. McDon- 
ald, Miller. 

Merchants, etc. — Arnold. Aspling «& Stephens. Buenemaii. 
Burnes, Burney, Davis, Ford & Ashby, Kuykendall, Park, Ringo. 
Hord, Summers, Woodward, Dale, Richardson, Woodsmall. 

At New Market: Armstrong. Bishop, Cartwright. Roberts, 
Allen, Walling & Browning, Ussary. 

At Farlei/: Stiles, Zabrisky & Falkner. 

At EicUielji: Black. Clai'k. Cliinn. Ellington. Phillips. Sayle 
(])ostmaster). Smither. 

This was the famine year. Crops were short in Missouri, but 
nearly a failure in Kansas. H. D. Oden and others came over to 
solicit suj)i)lies for the starving people of Kansas; and liberal con- 
tributions were made. But the year is more memorable as the 
beginning of the border wai'fare. that ended in the civil war be- 
tween the North and South. 


Jan. I — Dram-shops are freelv licensed for |20 conntv ia\ 
and .flO State tax. 

L. C. Jack buys of W. B. Almond the S. 4 of Block 40 in Plane 
City, and removes into town. 

1S54, JAN. 176 H. B. TODD. 

Jan. 21 — David Bowman's estate administered on by Jacob 


Feb. 1 — Louis Neudorf's house burned on Lot 8, Block 26, in 
Platte City. The thermometer stood 30° below zero, and the fire 
seemed to cast off no heat. We saved the log house adjoining, by 
piling snow on the roof. In the intense cold, the snow melted only 
at the eaves of the house. 

Feb. 21 — Samuel Tincher's estate administered on by Levi 
Long. Bond, $3,000. 

Feb. 23 — Ben Fry purchases of Jesse Morin 320 acres in Sees. 
4 and 9. T. .54, E. 35, for |9,039. 


Feb. 25 — In an old letter of this date, from Platte City, I find 
the following passage: ''Onr dry winter has caused the farmers 
to be very backward in breaking hemp. But, this week, we have 
had several good rains, and hemp is pretty well rotted. The lint 
is remarkably heavy, and the article is superior. The crop will be 
In rger than last year. It is selling for |.5.75 to |6.25." 


March 6 — James Doniphan is enrolled as an attorney. 

March 16 — The Baptists buy of John Boulware Lot 10, 
Block 29. Platte City, and this season erect a church, 40x60, 
of 1 trick. 


A bitter feud arises between two parties in the Christian 
Church at Camden Point. Phinehas Skinner leads one party, and 
Prof. II. B. Todd, principal of the Female Academy, the other. 
Th(- whole community is excited, and takes sides. Todd is charged, 
by many responsible parties, with "lying." He sues for slander, 
and Skinner sues for debt. After two years of wrangling, the 
matter is settled, to the satisfaction of no one. The school suffers. 
Todd resigns, comes to Platte City, raises a large subscription, nnd 
ill 18.17 builds the Platte City Female Academy, 

March 21 — Wm. McNeil dough enrolled as an attorney. 


April 7 — W. H. Bryan died at Ringold. He was a partner of 
Phinehas Skinner in the mercantile business, and was highly 
e.slpomed. His children have all left the countv. 

1854, MAY. 177 J. H. JOHNSTON. 


The Lffjislntiire of ^lassacluisetts chartered a company by 
this name, which was never orj;anized. But February 25, 1855, 
The NeAv Enj^land Immigrant Aid Society was chartered, and went 
into operation, with Eli Thayer as president. They were active in 
promoting the settlement of Kansas with Free Soil men. 


Alai/ 1 — If any financial exhibit was made this year, it cannot 
be found. It is not of record. 


Slaves, |1,32.3..300; monev and notes, .f 592.550; other prop- 
erty, 1449,976; lands and lots," $3,278,550; total, |5,644,376. 

}j(iy 6 — The Delaware tribe of Indians cede to the United 
States the larger part of their lands in Kansas. 

May 18 — The Kickapoos cede their lands in Kansas to the 
United States. 


Aldi/ 23 — James 11. Jolniston dies at his new house, a mile 
southeast of I'latte City, lie was born in Ohio May 27, 1813. He 
received his mercantile training in Cincinnati, came West early in 
1838, and with Stephen Johnston, who was not related to him, 
opened the second store in Martinsville, held the otiice of post- 
master at Martinsville and IMatte City until 1850, when he sold 
his store to Paxton & Callahan and retired to his farm, where he 
had just comjileted a spacious brick dweliug. He married in 1840, 
Martha Henderson (see), a younger sister of Mrs. Geo. P. Dorriss. 
She survived him, and married September 17, 18G0, Hon. A. W. 
Morrison. State treasurer, and is again a widow. Capt. R. D. 
Johnston, another partner, yet not related, administered on his 
estate, giving bond for |40,odo. Oh : 

I. ANNA R. JOHNSTON, m'd Feb. 17, 1800, Hon. Ben. J. 
Franklin, now governor of Arizona. He was a native of 
Mason Co., Ky. ; educated at Bethany; admitted to our bar 
in 1857. After a short residence at Platte City, he located 
at Leavenworth. He was outspoken for the South. In 
1800 he removed to Kansas (^ity, entered the Confederate 
army as a. private, w'as promoted to captain, and served 
throughout the war. He was elected to Congress from our 
district, which then included Kansas City, in 1874, and was 
reelected in 187(5. He is a man of independence, intelli- 
gence, and moral and jX'rsonal courage, and took a high 
station in Congress. In March, 1890, he was appointed 
governor of Arizona. 

1854, MAY. 178 KANSAS. 

n. REBECCA JOHNSTON, m'd Wm. Ford, and is now a widow. 
Children : 

1. Annie Ford. 2. Willie. 
in. GEO. D. JOHNSTON, was killed in an affray in central Mis- 
souri; never married. 

Mr. J. H. Johnston and I were intimate friends, and in 
a poem I dedicated to his memory I write : 

He was a merchant trained from early youth; 

Good name and wealth were honestly acquired. 
He rose by promptness, energy, and truth, 

And, having gained a competence, retired. 
But prowling death stalked forth at radiant noon, 

And rudely foiled his plans of ease and splendor — 
As biting frosts will sometimes come in June, 

To nip the buds and flowers, when young and tender. 

May SO — The Kansas-Nebraska bill ajpproved by the Presi- 
dent, It submitted the question of slavery to the people of each 
Territory, and so far violated the Missouri Compromise. No 
effort was made to introduce slavery into Nebraska; but Kansas 
bordered on Missouri, and it was thought it could be easily colo- 
nized by Pro-slavery men. The Free Soil party were conscious that 
it would cost much labor and money to secure Kansas to freedom. 
The Northern people, therefore, entered heroically into the work, 
and, though often cast down, in the end succeeded. 


June 10 — A meeting of Pro-slavery ''squatters," three miles 
west of Fort Leavenworth, declare Kansas slave territory, and 
refuse protection to Abolitionists. 


June 13 — The Leavenworth Company formed at Weston. 
G. W. Gist was chosen president, H. Miles Moore secretary, and 
J. B. Evans treasurer. Amos Rees, L. D. Bird, and Maj. A. E. 
Ogden were members. Thirty-four signed the constitution. The 
only living members are H. Allies ]Moore, J. C. Gist, A. T. Kyle, Jos. 
Murphy, and J. B Evans. The first sale of lots was in October, 
1854. The ground was surveyed by J. C. Gist, G. W. Gist, and 
Sam'l Fernandes. 


June 2// — Elijah Crutchfield and his wife both died to-day, of 
cholera. Mr. Crutchfield was a native of Clark Co., Ky. He mar- 
ried Maria Harris, daughter of John, in Estill Co., Ky., and came 
to Platte in 1847. They settled six miles east of Weston. Ch : 


I. JOHN A. CRUTCHFIELD, b. in Clark Co., Ky., July 24, 1831; 
m'd Dora Jackson, dr. of James, a brother of Wallace. Ch: 

1. Adie Vnitchfidd. 2. Ollic. 
II. GEORGE CKUTCHFIELU,b. Aug. 28, 18.33, in Clark Co.,Ky.; 
m'd March 1, 18G2, Eliz. Pope, dr. of Almanzer. He is a 
prosperous farmer, residing near Woodruff, and possesses 
good hard sense and the highest integrity. He served a 
term as county court justice, and was faithful and true to 
his trust. Ch: 

1. .John M. Crufchfleld, b. in 1864. 2. Jessie. 

3. /S'. Richard. 

4. Anna M. Crutchficld. m'd June 23, 1888, Cor. C. Mont- 

gomer3\ Ch: [«] Mary. 

III. ANN CRUTCHFIELD, dead; m'd Dec. 2, 1855, Phil. Gerner. 


1. Geo. Gerner, m'd Ann Lank ford-. They live in Weston. 

2. Fannie, m'd Linville Alexander. 5 ch. 

3. Seagle, m'd Maggie Treadv^'ay, 4. Sheridan. 

5. Sherman, dead. 0. Ellen. 7. Katie Gerner. 

IV. PHCEBE CRUTCHFIELD, m'd Wm. Davis, son of John S. 

1. John }[. Davis, m'd a Pope. Live in Kansas. 

2. Leh. Davis, m'd a Hunsucker. in Kansas. 3. Charles. 

4. Fannie, m'd a House and went to Oklahoma Territory. 

5. William, m'd a Pope, and went to Kansas, 

Y. HENRY CRUTCHFIELD, m'd Sallie Donnelly. Live in 
VL DANIEL CRUTCHFIELD, m'd Jan. 22, 1871, Mollie A. Ful- 
ton, dr. of Hugh. No children. 
Vn. RUTH CRUTCHFIELD, m'd Feb. 29, 1865, Jas. Lindsay. 

YIII. JA:\rE^^ CRUTCHFIELD, m'd Oct. 10, 1873, Ella Gabbert, 
dr. of George. 
June 30 — The ITnited States Senate confirms the appointment 
of Andrew Reeder, as governor of Kansas. 

This season some half-dozen persons died of cholera, in Platte 
City. T can name only Jos. R. Daniel and William Beckum. 


William Beckum married a Bush and came to Platte City 
about 1847. Ch: 

L ELIZxV BECKUM, m'd 1st, Jas. G. Hodge, who died, leaving: 

1. MareelU Hodge, d. March 26, 1896; m'd March 28, 1854, 

Geo. P. Young. (See.) 

2. Sarah A. Hodge, m'd June 4, 1865, W. S. Allingham. 

Ch: [a] Harry Allingham; [»] Eddie. 

3. Lee ffo(i$re, m'd Leney Recht, Ch: [«] Alcesta Recht, 

1854, JULY. 180 THE BECKUMS. 

m'd March 31, 1885, Wm. F. Wilmes; [^] Linda B. 
Eecht, m'd Nov. 13. 1889, W. B. Shackelford. 
Mrs. Hodge m'd 2d, Wm. M, Cannon, Oh : 

4. MolUe B. Cannon, m'd July 30, 1871. Wm. Brown. She 

is living in Leavenworth with a second husband. 

5. Edmonia Cannon, m'd 1st, Chas. M. Boyd, who was 

killed Aug. 13, 1865. She m'd 2d, Griffin ; and m'd 
3d, Wood. 
Mrs. Cannon m'd 3d, Jan. 25, 1865, Andrew Tolly, who 
died childless. Her children are all daughters and lovely 
n. SAKAH A. BECKUM, m'd June 23, 1842, Geo. Quimby. She 
died in 1854, leaving: 

1. Alice Quimhy, m'd a Trenwitch, and, after his death, 

m'd a Bevins. They live in St. Louis. 

2. Cleora Quimhy, m'd 1st, about 1860, John Bourne, a 

man of marked intelligence. He edited several pa- 
pers in Platte and elsewhere. After his death, she 
m'd McGreggor. She died in St. Louis. 
Mr. Quimbj^ went to Kansas, and raised another family, 
in. JOHN BECKUM, m'd . Oh: 

1. Susan Beckum, b. Nov. 15, 1843 ; m'd W. T. Rader. (See.) 

2. Georgiana, b. Feb. 13, 1845; m'd March 5, 1861, H. 

Scott Yates, b. Dec. 26, 1834, son of Chas. Yates and 
Emily McManus. Mr. Yates was a Confederate 
State guard for six months; a member of Capt. W. J. 
Miller's Co. L, Winston's regiment of infantry. He 
is a Knight Templar, and a highly respected citizen. 
He came to Platte in 1857. Oh: ' [«] Ella Yates, b. 
in 1862; m'd Jan. 19, 1881. John Wilson ; [&] John, b. 
Jan. 20, 1864; m'd in 1884, Martha A. Timberlake; 
3 children; [c] Ada Yates; [^] Susan, m'd in 1889, 
Bolivar Rule (ii) (see); 1 child; [e] William; [f] Ed- 
ward; [(/] Eliza; [''] Grace; ['] Thomas H.; [/] Flo- 
ra Yates. 

3. Alahas Beckum, m'd a Sanders. 

4. Eliza Beckum, m'd a Sanders. 

TV. CHARLES BECKUM, lived in Kentuckv. 
V. SUSAN BECKUM, lived in Kentucky. ^ 
VL IRENA BECKUM. lived in Indiana. 


July 1 — At this time it was a common story that the South- 
erners kept a cow at every ferry on the Missouri River, and every 
stranger that applied for passage was asked to name the animal. 
If he answerfd. "A keow," he was turned l>;!(k. But the Free- 
State ferrymen showed a bear, and if the strangin- called it "a bar," 

1854, JULY. 181 THE GUTHRIES. 

th(\y refused lo cross him. The joke is as old as the shibboleth of 

Julji 8 — William Koaeh having died, Mary Roach adminis- 
tered, lioud, 120,000. 


William Guthrie having died. Cox & Burruss administered. 
Bond, 145,000. He married Marv Vates. Ch: 

L MARY GUTHRIE, m'd Mad. W. Mitchell. (See.) 
II. NANCY GUTHRIE, m'd Jos. Kelly. Ch : 

1. Jane KcUji, m'd Calvert. 

2. WiUiam KcIJij, lives in St. Joseph. 

3. Linuie Kelly, m'd Car}-. 4. Minnie. 5. Johm. 

IIIL LINNA GUTHRIE, m'd Elder Phil. Burruss. (See.) 

IV. MARTHA A. GUTHRIE, m'd Oct. 18, 1853, John S. Mitchell, 

of St. Joseph. 
V. LUCY, m'd Dec. 9, 1856, Jas. Dve. (See.) 
VL ELIZABETH GUTHRIE, b. Oct. 10, 1844; m'd May 12, 1858, 

David T. Polk (i). He was elected surveyor of Platte in 

1884, and reelected in 1886. Mrs. Polk is a handsome 

and accomplished lady. Ch: 

1. Man/ Polk, b. Nov. 30, 1859; m'd Sept. 22, 1880, Canby 

Hawkins, b. April 10, 1858. Ch: [»] Vera Hawkins, 
b. Aug. 27, 1881; ['^J Lvdia, b. March 9, 1883. 

2. David T. Polk (ii). 

VIL JOHN M. GUTHRIE, b. July 26, 1830, in Henry Co., Ky.; 
d. in Platte, Aug. 26, 1889; m'd Elvira Pence, dr. of Edward. 


July 10 — Zabiua Babcock having died, Richard Babcock ad- 
ministered. Bond, |1,600, He married, in Ohio, Lucinda Dus- 
tamer ; came to Platte in 1838, and settled at the "Narrows," where 
he formed a partnership with Phinehas Skinner, and kept a store. 
I knew him as a large and venerable old gentleman. His wife 
survived until 1874. Ch: 

L RICHARD B.U3C0CK, b. July 11, 1818; m'd 1st, Nov. 3, 1840, 
Ann Zabrisky, who d. childless. He m'd 2d, Oct. 18, 1841, 
Serilda Moore, dr. of John. They live near Waldron. Mr. 
Babcock possesses sound judgment and business qualifica- 
tions. He is a pillar of the Methodist Church, and an 
honorable and useful citizen, Ch: 

1. Taylor Babcock, b. July 11, 1849; m'd 1st, Minnie 
Glenner, dr. of Edward. Ch: [«] Waller E. Bab- 
cock, b. July 8, 1878; ['^] Nellie Babcock, b. in Nov., 
1881. Minnie d. June 1, 1889; and Tavlor m'd 2d, 
Julv 23, 1890, Lula Tinder, b. in 1870. Ch: [c] Gil- 
bert Babcock, b. Oct. 1, 1891. 

1854, JULY. 182 THE BABCOCKS. 

2. John W. Bahcock, m'd Oct. 17, 1877, Mary Porter (see), 

b. April 2, 1852. 

3. Middletou Bahcock\ h. March 16, 1853; m'd Jan. 7, 1875, 

Flora Naylor, dr. of Wesley, b. Jan. 12, 1858. Oh: 
[«] Joe; [&] Stella; [c] Lillie. 

4. €h-ant Bahcock,, m'd May 27, 1886, Gladys Brink. Oh: 

[«] Dean. 

5. Chas. Bahcock (ii), m'd Kate Hardwicke. 

6. Elizaheth L., b. Feb. 23, 1845 ; m'd Dec. 28, 1865, Hender- 

son Searcy, son of Christopher, b. in Platte March 22, 
1841. Ch: [«] Wm. R. Searcy, b. Oct. 27, 1866; m'd 
Feb. 25, 1890, Jennie Johnson. Ch : [1] Claude W. ; 
[2] Guy M. [&] Lena Searcy, m'd Feb. 22, 1887, Jas. 
J. Clements, b. Feb. 22, 1860; 3 children, [c] Ethel 

7. Margaret Bahcock, m'd 1st, Aug. 15, 1865. John Heath, 

son of Stephen. Ch: [«] Mary. Margaret m'd 2d, 
J. H. Butler. Ch: [&] Edward Butler, m'd Cora 
Riley, dr. of Jas. T. Ch: [1] Lillian; [2] Flora; 
[3] Chas. Butler. 

8. Yictoria Bahcock, m'd Richard Moore, son of Luke and 

grandson of John. Ch: [«] Minnie, m'd Jas. Con- 
ner; [&] Maud; [c] Bessie. 

9. Susan Bahcock, m'd in 1878, Wm. Dillard Mills, b. May 

16, 1855. Ch: [«] Herman Z. Mills; [«*] Claude R 

n. RUTH BABCOCK, went to Texas. 

in. CHARLES BABCOCK (i), b. in Ohio June 22, 1822; m'd Noy. 

6, 1843, Pauline Moore, b. in 1827, dr. of John. She still 

liyes, but her husband committed suicide June 14, 1889, by 

cutting his throat. He was a worthy farmer. Ch : 

1. Frank M. Bahcock, m'd April 14, 1869, Mary Crosky. 

Ch: [ff] Eva Babcock, b. Noy. 27, 1870 ; m'd Dec. 23, 
1890, John R. Dunagan, b. Sept. 28, 1860. Ch: 
[1] Roscoe, b. Oct. 13, 1891: [2] Ed. L.. b. Jan. 15, 
1894. [b] Annie Babcock; [f] R. Newton Babcock; 
[tf] Ella; [ejNora; [f] Harrison; [f] Dora Babcock. 

2. Samuel Ba1)cochm.'dlBt,Oct 4, 1869, Wilmouth Arnold. 

Ch: [«] William Babcock. Samuel m'd 2d, Noy. 1, 
1874, Mary E. Naylor. Ch: V'] Eddie and 5 others. 
Liye in Kansas. 

3. Geo. W. Bahcock, b. May 8, 1851; m'd Feb. 8, 1867, Ellen 

Williams. Ch: [«] Clarence; i^'] Clidia; [c] Doxie; 
[d] Geo.; [f] Raymond. 

4. Sarah J. Bahcock, m'd Sept. 3, 1874, Wm. N. Morrow, 

son of Samuel. Live in Colorado. 

5. TFw. A. Bahcock, m'd A])ril 28, 1880, Florence Pierce, dr. 

of Weston. Ch: [^'] Sallie; V>] George; [c] Wil- 
liam; [<f] Cora; [c] Vernie; [f] MattieM.; [f>] Sa- 
die Babcock. 

1854, JUIvY. 183 THE RISKS. 

G. CJias. W. Babcock, ui'd Aug. 1, 1881, Mary E. Naylor, dr. 
ofAbner. Ch: ["] Delia; [''] Birdie; [^ Galen. 

7. }[ari/ Bahcock, m'd INIat Wills, of Kansas. 

8. AiKl J. B(ihvo<l\ b. Sept. S, ISC..^); m'd Sopl. l.~), 1889, 

Bet tie rarjienter, b. May 24, 18(;8, dr. of Zenith. Ch: 
["] p]rnest. 

0. Henry T. Bahcock, m'd Nov. 6, 189:}. Ida E. Grove. 

IV. ALFRED BAB(X)CK, d. in June, 18G4 ; m'd 1st, a Wood. Ch: 

1. Tri/?/flw /?rt&f'ooA-, m'd Mary Kemphefner. Ch: [«] Eli. 
Alfred m'd 2d, Luvana Nash, sister of Gov.; no children. 

V. JACK BABCOCK, m'd March 18. 1858, Sallie Heath, dr. of 
James. Ch: 

1. Jas. Bahcock, m'd Jan. 4. 1880, Luvella Naylor, dr. of 
Paul. 4 children. Live in Leavenworth. 
A^I. SAMUEL, went to California, and died; single. 


Juh/ 10 — -Abram Risk's estate administered on by his son, 
Jesse Risk. He died of cholera. In Kentucky, he married 
Malinda Davenport, and came to Platte in 1837, settling north of 
Weston. ]Srrs. Risk died July 7, 1883. Ch : 

L SIDNEY C. RISK, b. Sept. 18, 1838; d. in Nov., 1886; m'd Oct. 
1 0, 1802, Valaria Thorp, who d. in 1 871. Ch : 

1. Adella Risk, m'd M. C. Ferrel. 

2. David Risk, m'd Julv 24, 1887, Ida May Shouse. b. Oct. 

13,1867. Ch: ["] Frank Risk; [&] Julian. 

3. Dora Risk, m'd R. F. Ferrel. 

4. James Risk, m'd Aug. 20, 1868, Nannie Gabbert, dr. of 

Michael H. 

5. William Risk, d. Nov. 9, 1891. 
Sidney C. m'd 2d, Harriet N. Guant. 

IL JAS. JESSE RISK, was shot, fatally, in his yard, Oct. 7, 1863, 
by an unknown assassin. 
in. PAUL RISK, d. May, .5, 1872; m'd Feb. 18, 1864, Phoebe J. 
Palmer. Ch: 

1. Phoebe J. Risk. 

2. Ahm. Risk, m'd Julv 10, 1888, Marv A. Rees, dr. of Wm. 
IV. I). FRANKLIN RISK, b. Feb. 14, 1848; m'd Dec. 2.5, 1866, Caro. 

Smith, dr. of A. G. Smith and Sarah Hill. He is an enter- 
prising farmer and stock-raiser, living north of Weston. 

1. ElU M. Risk, m'd April 13, 1892, A. H. Ilord, dr. of 


2. Ida G. Risk. 3. Benj.B. 4. Jesse. 
5. Lela Mi/rtJc Risk. 

V. MINERVA RISK, m'd April 10, 1891, John Moore; dead. 
\'L MOLLIE J. RISK, m'd Dec. 31, 1863, David B. Lavton b. Feb. 
2,1841. Ch: 


1. Perry Layton (ii). 2. Malinda. 
3. David , m'd Ang. 10, 1891, Clara Decker. 
i. Lurinda {Lulic). 5. Minerva. 6. James. 7. Noah. 
8. i?ew Layton. 

Mr Layton is a son of the late Judge Jas. H. La\i;on, and a 
cordial and intelligent gentleman. 


July 11 — John I. Gardiner having died, his widow, Nancv J., 
administered. Bond, |20,000. They settled, about 1847, at Sec- 
ond Creek Church. He was a highly respected gentleman, and his 
wife was handsome and intelligent. Ch: 

I. ANNA ANASTASIA GARDINEE, m'd Feb. 21, 1860, And. 
Cook. No children. 
n. LETITIA A. GARDINER, d. June 9, 1878, aged 28. 

July 21 — Leonard Cannon having died near Farley, R. F. 
Mason administered. Bond, |2,600. 

The Argus offers |200 reward for the apprehension of Eli 
Thayer, president of the New England Emigrant Aid Society. 

The Atchison Town Company formed, with P. T. Abell, presi- 
dent; J. H. String-fellow, secretary; and J. N. Burnes, treasurer. 


July 29 — A meeting was held to-day, in pursuance of a call 
signed, among others, by W. B. Almond, D. R. Atchison, J. N. 
Burnes, Dr. G. W. Bayless, Jas. Adkins, P. T. Abell, Dan'l Cary, 
J. V. Cockrill, Geo. Galloway, Jesse Morin, W. J. Miller, W. H. 
Spratt, B. F. Stringfellow, J. H. Stringfellow, Jarret Todd, Jno. M. 
Wallace, J. W. Vineyard. Geo. Galloway was made president, and 
J. H. Stringfellow secretary. After resolving that all settlers sent 
to Kansas by aid societies must be turned back, they formed a 
society, to be known as the Platte County Self-Defensive Associa- 
tion, to hold public meetings, and urge the settlement of Kansas 
by Pro-slavery men ,and to guard elections against the frauds of 
Abolitionists. Under the patronage of this institution, Atchison, 
Bayless, Stringfellow, and others made frequent public addresses. 


The Kansas League was a subsidiary institution, to carry into 
effect the decrees of the Platte County Self-Defensive Association. 
It was composed, chiefly, of the same persons, boinid to secrecy by 
an oath, and holding meetings in the dark, wherever and whenever 
called out. Through the agency of this institution, newspapers 
were suppressed and Northern Methodists silenced. 

1854, AUG. 185 THE ELECTION. 


Aug. 1 — The vote for Cougressman was: Mor. Oliver (Wliig), 
6,129 ; S. L. Leonard, 4,99S ; Lowe. 2,787. W. H. Spratt (Whig) was 
chosen sheriff; A. M. Kobinson senator; and U, D. Burnes, John 
Doniphan, and G. P. Dorriss representatives, 


Aug. 7 — This day occurred the terrible affray in Smithville, in 
which John W. Douglas and S. J. Ross were killed, and Samuel 
Shackelford, Wm. Shackelford, and John W. Calloway were 
h'nchcd. Samuel Shackelford was the leader of a gang of lawless 
men who met at Smithville, and. being armed, brought on an 
affray. He killed the two men named, but his skull was broken 
by a club; and. with his two companions, he was hung to the limb 
of a sugar-tree, across the creek from Smithville. 


Aug. 16 — Pardee Butler was an outspoken Free State man of 
Atchison, Kansas, and was seized by Pro-slavery men, and placed 
on two logs, and set adrift in the Missouri River. A flag fastened 
to the raft proclaimed his principles. I met Mr. Butler years later, 
and heard from his lips the story of his voyage. He had upon his 
person |125, which he asked might be deposited with a merchant 
at Atchison; but he was commanded to take his money with him. 
His orders were not to take down the flag; but, when out of 
sight, he tore it down, and. with it as a paddle, reached the Kansas 
shore. Two years later, at Atchison, he was treated to a coat of 
tar. He was a Baptist elder. He died in Kansas, a few years ago. 


This was the famine year for Kansas. The winter had been 
remarkably dry, yet early corn sprouted and produced more than 
a, half crop; but not one grain in five planted in May came up. In 
Kansas it was worse. Southern men were helped by their Mis- 
souri friends, and the Free State men were supplied by contribu- 
tions from the North. Corn sold for from |1 to .fL50 per bushel, 
and wheat brought the same. Later in the fall, grasshoppers 
made their first visit to Kansas, and in ])laces hatched out in the 



Slept. 1 — In opposition to the Self-Defensive Association, a 
meeting of citizens favorable to law and oider was called Septem- 
ber 1st, at Weston. The call was signed, among others, bv J. C. 

1854, SEPT. 186 THE GAINES. 

Abbott, R Barnliart, G. Beaumont, Cas. Beechler, W. H., and A. 
C. Bell, A. G. Beller, L. D. Bird, J. F. Bruner, Elijah Cody. Jas. 
Deitz, G. W. Dye, W. H. Elliston, J. B. Evans, G. W. Gist, Clias. 
Guenther, A. B. Hathowav, G. W. Hood, G. T. Hulse, A. J. Love- 
ladr, Jno. McOonnell, F. Magers, A. H. Maxfield, R, Meek, Jr., 
Jacob Mettier, F. A. Miller, E. Oblliaiiseu, Jas. Osborn, J. V, Par- 
rott, A. Phv, Thos. Quinn, Chas. Rich, J. M. and E. W. Railey, H. 
Ronev, Sof. Shell, Fred Starr, W. O. Watts, Ben Wood, J. B. 

The meeting protested against the resolutions of the Platte 
County Self-Defensive Association drawn up by Dr. Bayless. 
Their platform of principles breathed loyalty to the general Gov- 
ernment, and opposition to violence and menace. Their declara- 
tion was signed by 13.3 citizens. 

Sept. 6 — The second party of anti-slavery immigrants reach 
Kansas, under S. C. Pomeroy and Chas. Robinson. They number 
200 men. 

Richard P. Gaines died at Platte City. His widow, Joanna 
(Tinder) Gaines, administers, giving bond for |35,000. 


I. JAMES GAINES was a brother of R. P. Gaines and Robt. 
Gaines. James m'd Rebecca Adams, and came to Clay in 
1842, and to Platte in 1843, settling near Platte City. Ch: 

1. Sarah Gaines, b. in Woodford Co., Ky., Feb. 23, 1830; 

m'd May 13,1849, Orange Gaines, b. May 7, 1828; d. 
Feb. 2, 1886. They were cousins. She d. Jan. 28, 
1886, just five days before her husband. Mr. Gaines 
was a thrifty farmer, and his children divided a large 
estate among them. They came w^est in 1849, land- 
ing at Weston Aug. 1. Mr. Gaines served, as a 
private, in Capt. Pres. Simpson's company of militia, 
raised during the war. Ch: [«] Margaret Ellen 
Gaines, b. Feb. 10, 1855 ; m'd March 10, 1881, W. C. 
Harlan. No children. [^] Jeff. D. Gaines, b. Sept. 
2. 1864; m'd April 14, 1886, Maggie Wood. He died 
in July, 1888, leaving a widow and a child : [^] Arch. 
R. Gaines, b. April 29, 1887. The widow, Maggie 
Gaines, m'd April 15, 1889, Michie Maupin. [^] Reb. 
Gaines, b. Oct. 11, 1862; m'd Nov. 10, 1881, Wm. 
Lewis Miller, son of John P., b. in De Kalb Co., Mo.. 
Oct. 22, 1846. He resides four miles south of Platte 
Citv, nnd is an industrious farmer and a worthv citi- 
zen. Ch: [/] Virgil R. Miller, b. Oct. 12, 'l882; 
[,?] Wnrdie Ann Miller, b. in Oct.. 1884. [^H Robert 
L. Gaiues. b. Dec.19, 1890. 

2. Knir Gaines, nvd Jos. Coons. (See.) 

1854, SEPT. 187 THE GAINES. 

3. Edwin Gaines, b. Sept. 26, 1828; m'd Feb. 17, 1853, 
Zerelda Hatton, b. Jan. 18, 1827, dr. of Geo. (i). Ch: 
[o] Geo. Gaines, b. April 15, 1800; m'd Jennie 
Stuckey, dr. of Samuel; [b] Armilda, b. Oct. 5, 1855; 
m'd William Grissom. Cli: [/] Helen Grissom; 
[2] Kate; [3] Edwin; [/,] Jesse. 
n. ROBERT GAIXES (iij, m'd Margaret Breckenridge, dr. of 
James B. Ch : 
1. Orange Gaines (above). 
in. RICHARD P. GAINES, b. in 1789; d. Sept. 6, 1854; m'd in 
Kentucky, Joanna Tinder, who survived him. He came 
to Platte City in 1842, and purchased of J. V. Cockrell the 
frame hotel on the southeast corner of what is now the 
public square. He was a fat and jolly landlord, and highly 
esteemed. Oh : 

1. Sophronia, m'd 1st, Hamp. Browm. They had one 

child, Frank, and were divorced. She then m'd Oct. 
12, 1854, jNIiles Harrington. (See.) 

2. Sidonia Gaines, b. Feb. 19, 1828; m'd April G, 1845, A. 

B. Sherwood. He died, leaving: [^] Sophronia 
Sherwood, m'd W. T. Durrett; no issue; [^>] Janette 
Sherwood, m'd J. W. Durrett; 5 childi-^n; [c] A. B. 
Sherwood (ii), m'd Euphora Bagbee; 8 children. 
Sidonia m'd 2d, her cousin, L. Warren Gaines, son of 
William; he d. May 19, 1894. Ch: [<?] Leanna 
Gaines, b. July 10, 1808. Lives in St. Joseph. 

3. R. Frank Gaines, m'd Jan. 2, 1800. Mrs. Angeline Bright- 

well, n^e Oliver. 2 children: [«] John; [^'] Kate. 

Sept. 8 — H. J. Wolf enrolled as an attorney. 

Sept. 9 — Old Settlers' Meeting at De Kalb, presided over by 
Senator Atchison, and addressed by Jas. N. Burnes, A. W^. Doni- 
phan, Senator Bogy, and Judges Tories and Birch. 

Sept. 15 — The first number of the Kansas Herald issued at 
Leavenworth, by W. H. Adams. 

Charles, a slave of Almond, Paxton & Callahan, and Andy, a 
slave of L. C. Jack, are convicted, on indictment, for preaching the 
gospel to their fellows, with no officer present, on Atchison Hill, 
and each fined |1 and costs, and were ordered committed 
until paid. 


Sept. 16 — Benj. D. Moore having died, his son, Joel W. Moore, 

administered. Bond, .f 10,000. He was a son of Lewis Moore, and 

was bom in 1805; he married Susan White, half-sister of Wm. A. 

White. Ch: 

L JOEL W. MOORE, dead; m'd March 30, 1858, Elmira Waller, 

b. Aug. 1, 1833, dr. of Hiram; still living. No living 


1854, SEPT. 188 THE MGORES. 

n. LEWIS JEFF. MOOEE, d. Nov. 6, 1867; m'd Aug. 21, 1860, 
Elizabeth Link (see), b. Jan, 22, 1843. He was a sprightly 
young man, and much beloved. Ch : 

i. Ben. D. Moore (iii), m'd Feb. 14, 1884, Andronica 
(Martha) Pancake. 

2. Joel. 

3. jPcf??7??e, m'd Lafayette Allen. Ch: [«] Jesse Allen, b. 

Dec. 25, 1886; p] Leota Allen, b. Sept. 18, 1893. 
Mrs. Eliz. Moore m'd 2d, Jan. 11, 1877, Oscar Berry. (See.) 
m. J. HARRY MOORE, b. Dec. 29, 1843; m'd Dec. 20, 1866, Annie 
De Berry, dr. of Robt. Ch: 

1. Ben F. Moore. 

2. Mary J. Moore, m'd Dec. 20, 1887, Ed. Russell. Ch: 

[«i Bettie Russell; [?*] Nellie Russell. 

3. Wm. Jeff. Moore, m'd Dec. 20, 1893, Lizzie Cox, dr. of 


4. Joel W. Moore. 5. Wade E. 6. Sue F. 7. John. 
8. BetUe. 9. iYe??ie. 

IV. JOHN B. MOORE, b. July 4, 1853; m'd Dec. 19, 1882, Nannie 
E. Hodges, dr. of James. Ch: 

1. Josie. 2. Onie. 3. James. 4. Henry. 5. Clara. 
Sept. 18 — The first house finished in Leavenworth. 
M. N. Owen buys of C. B. Norris the N. W. i of Block 36, in 
Platte City, and removes into town. He adds to the house a two- 
story front. 

Sept. 21 — First sale of lots in Atchison. Senator iltchison 


Sept. 22 — Mam' citizens from Platte go over to Kansas, and 
locate claims, and then return. Some were in earnest, and be- 
came actual settlers. Among the latter'were James Adkins, Wil- 
liam Barbee, Jas. Kuykendall, L. F. Hollingsworth, Dr. H. D. Oden. 
A. Pemberton, Geo. Quimby, Amos Rees, R. R. Rees, Dan'l Tebbs, 
Wm. H. Tebbs, Jarret Todd, Jas. Whitlock, H. Miles Moore, Dr. J. 
H. Stringfellow. 


Oct. 1 — Leavenworth has a steam saw-mill with no cover, a 
priiil ing office under a tree, four tents, one house, a camp-fire, and 
a barrel of whisky. 

Oct. J — Judge S. D. Lecompte is commissioned chief-justice 
of Kansas. 

Oct. .'^— First sale of lots in Leavenworth. They brought 
from §;50 to :s;350 each. Total sales, |1 2,600. 

1854, NOV. 189 NEWSPAPERS. 



Nov. 6 — John G. Sbultz having died, Dr. G. W. Bayless admin- 
isters. Bond, 150,000. He accidentally shot himself while rid- 
ing. He was a son of Ohristian Slinltz, a merchant of Maysville, 
Ky. He came west about 1849, and purchased the Bean farm, on 
Bean's Lake, and an interest in the site of latan. His widow, 
Mary .1. Shuliz, died May 17, 1884. They had no children. 

Senator Atchison speaks in the court-house, at Platte City. 
He defends slavery, and urges voters to remove to Kansas, that 
they may vote for a I'ro-slavery delegate to Congress on the 2yth 
inst. He pleads for 500 emigrants from Platte. 

Nov. 10 — Senator Atchison speaks at Liberty, and urges the 
citizens of Clay to go to Kansas to make it a slave State. 

Nov. 22 — John Edwards having died, Jerry Edwards admin- 
isters. Bond, 13,000. 

Nov. 29 — Election in Kansas, of a delegate to Congress, re- 
sulted. Pro-slavery vote for J. W. Whitfield, 2,258; Free State 
vote, 575. 


Nov. 30 — The Industrial Liwiinari/ is published at Parkville, 
by Park & Cundiff, and favors free soil. The Argus, published in 
Weston, is for making Kansas a slave State. It is Democratic. 
The Reporter, ])ublished at Weston, is a Whig paper. It opposes 
mobs and intimidation, and advocates a fair vote. 



Dec. 1 — Thos. Crosswhite having died in Pettis Township, 
E. S. Glardy administers. Bond, |8,000. His widow was Susan E. 
Crossw^hite. Ch: 1, Thos.; 2, Jacob H.; 3, Jas. G.; 4, Abraham. 

Dec. Jf — Senator Atchison resigns the presidency of the U. S. 
Senate, and Jesse D. Bright succeeds him. 
Dec. 5 — Topeka is laid off. 


Dec. 19 — Edwaid Suiith having died, his widow, Lucinda 
Smith, administers. Bond, |5,000. He was born in North Carolina ; 
came west, and settled in 1837 in Green Township. He was well 
educated, and taught school. In 1839 he married Lucinda 
McClain, daughter of Thos. In 1854 he was accidentally drowned 
in the Missouri River. After marrviug, 2(1, Geo. Mellon, Mrs. 
Smith died Mav 2, 1889. Ch: 

1854, DEC. 190 THE SMITHS. 

I. ELIZA SMITH, m'd Frank Morris; 4 children. 
II. EDWARD C. SMITH, b. in Platte Feb. 6, 1848; m'd March 13, 
1870, Amelia Davis, b. April 11, 1817, dr. of John S. Mr. 
Smith possesses sprightliness and intelligence *lie is a mem- 
ber of Camden Point Masonic Lodge, No. 169, and is con- 
nected with Unit}' Baptist Church. Ch : 

1. Edicard D. Smith, b. Dec. 20, 1870; m'd July 6, 1892, 

Estella Graves, dr. of Ira. 

2. Hoicard P. Smith, b. May 18, 1872; 

3. Le«a, July 25, 1880. 

in. MATTIE SMITH, m'd Henry Conn. Ch : 

1. Wm. E. Conn. 2. Roht. Conn. 3. Lee. 4, Mary. 
5. Cleveland. 

IV. LEVI D. SMITH,' b. in 1852; m'd Oct. 10, 1888, Katie Jones, 
dr. of John. Ch : 

1. Eddie. 2. Dee. 3. Jesse Smith. 


Dec. 21 — John S. Marsh having died, his widow, Mary A., ad- 
ministers. Bond, $5,000. Mr. Marsh was a man of some culture. 
He settled the Carmack place, three miles east of Platte City, on 
the Liberty road. He married Mary A. Gibson, dr. of William. She 
was a lady of spirit and refinement. She was an advocate for the 
South, and the Federal troops burned her house July 14, 1864. 
She married September 28, 1865, Rev. Wm. James. They sepa- 
rated, and Mrs. James lives with her son, Gibson, in California. 
Mr. Marsh left two sons: 
I. JAS. L. MARvSH, was a deputy county clerk, and an accom- 
plished voung man. He died about the close of the wai*. 
n. GIBSON MARSH, went to California, and is believed to be 
still living. 
Dec. 25 — A public meeting at Lexington, Mo., denounces 
steamboats that bring emigrants for Kansas. 

Gen. Easton having acquired control of the Kmi'Sas Herald, 
published at Leavenworth, continues to issue it as a Pro-slavery 
paper. In the spring of 1855, Judge Delahay purchased the press, 
and started tlie Free State Ref/iftter. 

1855, JAN. 191 BUSINESS MEN. 



Govei'uoi', Sterling- Price; Congressman, M. 01iv(n'; State 
Senator, A. M. Kobinson; Representatives, John Doniphan, I). D. 
Burnes, and C V. Dorriss; Circuit Judge, E. H. Norton; Sheriff, 
Wui. H. Spratt; I'robate Judge, Jas. G. Spratt; County Clerk, 
P. R. Waggoner; County Justices, R. P. Clark, J. H. Layton, E. P. 
Duncan; Surveyor. H. X. Jenks; Treasurer, H. J. Freeland; Cir- 
cuit Attorney. Jas. Craig; Coroner, W. F. Perrin; Public Admin- 
istrator, Cieo. Gabbert; Count}' Attoiney, \V, B. Almond. 


At Platte City: Attorneys— W. B. Almond, W. C. Baker, R. 
P. Clark, J. H, Connelly, Thos. Herndon, J. E. Pitt, E. O. Sayle, 
Jas. G. Spratt, H. C. Cockrill, Wilson, A. & R. R. Rees. H. M. Moore. 

Physicians — Baldwin, Brown, Guthrie, Hollingsworth, Red- 
man, Wallace, Marshall, Stringfellow. 

Merchants, etc. — Almond, Paxton & Callahan, Ferrier, Flesh- 
man, Fox & Brooks, R. D. Johuston & Son, S. Johnston, Perry 
Keith (postmaster), Marshall & Burge, L. Rees, Swaney & Christi- 
son, J. S. Townsend, L. Reed, J. N. Bradlej', B. S. Richards. 

At Weston: Attorneys — Bird, Branch, Burnes, Diefendorf, 
Doniphan, McCurdy, Ramage, Watts, Withers, Wolf, Wilkinson. 

Physicians — Bonifant, Bowers, Ridley, Earickson. 

Merchants, etc. — Basye, Brow^n, Belt & Murphy, Blanjour, 
Wilkinson, Beechler, Bell. Beller, Cod}', Conwell & Spencer, 
Deitz, Devin, Doppler, Doss, Evans, Frank, Ferguys, Guenther, 
Keller, Knudson, Holliday, Hathaway, Hulse, Lingley, McCown, 
]McConnell, Mettier, Mitchell, MagcM's, jNIiller, Meyers. Noble, New- 
uian, Ohlhansen, Osborn, Parrott, Perrys, Raileys, Roney, Strang, 
Wallingford. Waruer, Wilhite, ^^'ood. 

Weston Court of Gomuion Pleas — McGuidy. judge; Diefen- 
dorf, clerk; Wallingford. uuirslial. 

Mayor — J. Woods. 

Hotels— McClure, Holland. 

At ParkrUlc: Attorneys — ( louglis, McDonald, Miller. 

Merchants, etc. — Barm^s, Clardy. Aspling & Stephens, Buene- 
uian, Burnes, Davis. Ford, Beading, Kuykendall. Park, Ringo, 
Summers & Hord. Stoddait & Mct-omas, SVoodsmall. Woodward. 

At Neir Market: Ai'mstrong. Bishop, ('artwrighl, Roberts, 
Ussary, Walling, Allen. 

At Farleif: Stiles, Zabriskv «& Falkner. 

At Ridf/eh/: Ellington. lMiillii)s. Sayle. 

1855, JAN. 192 ELISHA GREEN. 

Newspapers — At Weston, the Argus (Democratic); the Re- 
porter (Whig), Finch & Gorman editors, for law and order. At 
Parkyille, the Industrial Luminary (Free Soil), Park & Patterson 

Population— Of Kansas, 8,501; of Parkville, 300; Weston, 
1,400; Platte City, 700. 

Prices — Coffee, 12 cents; flour, per 100, |2.50; eggs, 10 cents; 
com, 60 cents; wheat, |1.50; whisky, |1; oysters, per can, |1. 

Mails — Triweekly from the Fort to Leayenworth. Lewis 
Kees is postmaster at Leayenworth, and his seryices are paid for 
by subscription. From Weston to the Fort, three times a week ; 
from Liberty to Weston, the same. 


Jan. 4 — James Ferguys haying died, Eanson & Gabbert ad- 
minister. Bond, |25,000. Mr. Ferguys, with Mr. Eanson, opened, 
about 1841, a dry goods store in Platte City, and about 1847 re- 
moyed to Weston. Mr. Ranson, after the death of his partner, 
remoyed to Kansas City. 


Jan. 9 — Elisha Green died at his hotel in Platte City. F. Mar- 
shall and X. R Green administered, giying bond for |100,000. 

He was bom in east Tennessee May 15, 1801; died January 9, 
1855; in 1818 he married Malinda Green (no kin to Mr. Green). In 
the spring of 1826 he remoyed to Lexington, Mo., and thence to 
Platte, in 1837. He purchased a. wigwam of a Pottawatomie. 
Indian, and settled in the Missouri bottoms, near Farley. In 1844 
he remoyed to Platte City, and erected the hotel still known as the 
Green House. His hotel was the resort of a club of Democratic 
politicans, and professional and literary gentlemen. It was the 
home of Senator Atchison while he liyed in Platte. Mr. Green, 
was a man of enterprise and energy, and Platte City owes to him 
many yaluable improyements. At the time of his death he was 
Ituilding a costly mill, to be run by steam, just below Platte Riyer 
bridge. But u])on his death all operations ceased. He was the 
life of the town — eyer ready with a good story or a practical joke. 
His suryiying friends often speak of his hospitality, enterprise, 
and humor. Mrs. Green was born in Henrico County, Va,, May 
22, 1800, and died in Platte City October 0, 1875. 'She was a 
large, brisk, independent, and kind-hearted woman. 
I. RET'BIX FRANKLTX GREEX, b. in 1821; went to Santa 

F6 in 1849, married a Mexican lady, had seyeral children, 

and d. Dec. 18. 1878. 
IL MISSOrRI A. GREEX. in early life was handsome, spirited, 

and independent. Slie lal)ored effectiyely in eyery good 

cause; was eyer generous and kind to the poor and zealoua 

1855, JAN. 193 THE GREENS. 

foi- tlic (Mmrcli. For vcars she hovered on tin- border- 
laiid of death. 1ml is now in liealth. Slie ni'd Isl. Dr. Fred- 
ei'ick Marshall, who was b. in New York in 1S14, and d. in 
IMalte.Inne 1, ISOl. Mrs. .Marshall ni'd l^d, lion. K. If. Nor- 
ton, who will be noticed hereafter. Dr. F. Marshall was 
re<i,ar<led as ome of the best physicians of his day. lie c^inie 
to riatte in 1S:'>7, and settled at Mai-tinsville.' lie bnilt a 
log office, ten feet scjuare, and boarded with Zadock Martin. 
He was not able, at first, to meet his board bills by the re- 
turns of his practice, and went forth to the ]»rairie to mow 
hay for his host. But the ])eo])le soon discovered his vir- 
tues, and he became the most (Iistin;.;uishe(l j^hysician of 
the county. He ]>ossessed sound judgment and ccHifidence 
in the advance of real esate; and wealth came to him as a 
reward. Handsome in ])erson and cordial in his manners, he 
won the hearts of every household he entered. A pleasant 
smile uimn his face invited confidence and inspired friend- 
shi]). He was treasurer of Platte Tounty for many years, 
and his official acts were univei-sally a])proved. Cli: 

1. Marif rirniwie MwrsJiall b. Nov. lO, 1844; d. Dec. 3, 

1877; m'd Nov. 1(5, 1805 (birthday), William H. Field, 
b. in 1840. Clemmie was a pure and lovely woman, 
and a devotee of music. A member of the Presby- 
terian Church, she led the choir and charmed her 
hearers by her well-trained voice. She died exclaim- 
ing, "The angels — the beautiful angels!" I wrote 
a poem in her memorv. Mr. Field lost his life in the 
West, (^i: ["] Julia Field, b. March 25. 1807. 
Lovely, puie, rnd holy, her heart overflows with kind- 
ness. She m'd Oct. 14, 188(5. Allen Hulett. a grocer 
of Platte ntv, b. Oct. 10, 1801. Ch: [/] Dora 
Elaine Hulett, b. Nov. 11, 1887; \2] James Allen 
Hulett, b. Dec. 1, 1880; [3] Fred M. Hulett. b. Oct. 
10, 1802. [''] Virginia Field, b. Aug. 1. 1870. The 
lily and the harp. She m'd in March. 1805. (\ N. Tol- 
nnin. of Plattsburg, Mo. ['■] Marshall Field, b. Nov. 
22, 1873; m'd Oct. 18, 1804, Annie Moon^ Live near 
Platte City. 

2. Aviofi a. Marshull b. Feb. 0. 1848; d. A})ril 18, 1877; 

m'd Feb. 0, 1875, Mary E. Brady, an interesting and 
accomplished lady. Her only child survived its 
father but a few weeks; and, as its heir, the mother 
inherite<I a full share of the estate of Dr. F. Marshall. 
She m'd 2d, Oct. 14, 1885, Dr. John F. D<' Berry. 
Thevlive in Plattsburg a n<l hav(^ childn'u: ["] Mary 
F.; '['>] Albin De P.erry. 

3. Yir</inin Marshall b. Jan. 28. 1854; m'd June 21. 1877, 

Hon. Norton B. Anderson, b. in Todd To.. Ky., Jan. 8, 
1844. He w'as elected in November. 1888. without 

J 855, JAN. 194 THE GREENS. 

opposition, as a Democrat, State senator from this 
district, and was chosen president jiro tern, of the 
Senate; was one of the revisers of the Statutes of 
1889. and to his sound judgment and statesmanship 
we owe manv of the reforms found in our laws. As 
a jurist he has few equals in the State. He is well 
read in history, philosophy, and science, as well as in 
the literature of the day. As a chaste writer he has 
no equal in the county, and as an urbane gentleman 
he is admired by all. As a member of the Norton 
family we will have occasion to notice him again. 
Mrs. Anderson is a lady of marked intelligence, 
grace, and beauty — a zealous Christian, and the 
proud mother of two lovely daughters: [«] Clem- 
mie Anderson, b. May 3. 18*80; ['^] Irene, b. Nov. 21, 
1882. Senator Anderson and his wife live in Platte 
City, and are among my chosen friends. On the oc- 
casion of their marriage I wrote and published an 
epithalamium, from which I select a stanza for each: 

I see. in my vision of rapt inspiration. 

The husband exalted and great: 
He sits in the chambers and halls of the nation 

And joins in the councils of state. 
Success at the bar brings him clients and gold; 

His board is with luxury crowned; 
The learned and refined as his friends are enrolled, 

And hosts as his patrons are found. 

I knew the bride in earlier years, 

'Mid childhood's joy and glee; 
I 've joined her sports. I 've quelled her fears, 

And nursed her on my knee. 
I taught to her the word of truth. 

And all her virtues knew ; 
I 've watched her from her earliest youth. 

And know she 's good and true. 

nr. NirHOLAS K. (JREEX. m'd May 30, 1854. Matilda Monn, 
b. Jan. 11, 18:U, in Ray Co., Mo. ; d. May 22, 1877. Mr. (Ireen 
now lives at Jefferson City. Ch : 

1. MaVnifla Green, b. in 1861; m'd A. C. Bates. Live in 

Jefferson Co., Kansas. 

2. }rattie Green, b. March 21, 1871. Lives at Platte City. 
IV. WILLIAM A. GREEN, b. :Nrarch 25, 1835; d. Sept. 6. 1881: 

m'd May 10. 1864, Annie C. Xicol. dr. of David. She was b. 
April 10, 1843 ; d. July 21, 1803. After living some years in 
Platte City, they removed to the Nicol homestead, five miles 
east. Ch: 

1855, JAN. 195 THE ST. JOHNS. 

1. WillidNi dm II. I.. Feb. L':!. ls«;(;. 

2. Davkl, h. Oct. S. l,s«JS. 

V. FRED M. (JRKEX. b. .June ."). 1S4T; d. siiijilc, .lunc 5, 1883. 

Jan. 12 — Tob S(. .loliii li;i\inj; died, Xoali St. -lolin adminis- 
ti'i'cd. Itond. .f:J.(l(l(). 


JOSEI'H ST. JOHN was aucostor. and lived in Tennessee. 
His family came to Platte in 18:>T, and settled in (lieen Township. 
Children : 

I. :XOAH ST. JOHN, b. May 4, 1707, in Tenn.; nid Dedema 
Faubion, sister of Moses and Jackson. 

1. James Alex. St. John. d. Feb. 1, 1880; m'd Mary E. Kerr, 

dr. of Jas. Oh: ["] Melcina. ni'd Felix Hendricks, 
son of John. Live in Idaho. [''] Tilman St. John, 
m'd Sallie J. :^Ioody. dr. of J. Y.; ['] I»hinehas L. St. 
•John, m'd 1st, Oct. 2l', 1885, Mary 0. Walters, dead. 
Ch: [1] Walters St. John; [2] Nellie. Phinehas 
m'd 2d, Marv Brown. [''] Lizzie St. John, m'd 
Dec. 18, 1881, Geo. I'. Heath, son of Jack; [«] Albert 
N.St. John; [f] Dora A.; [f/] Robt. P. 

2. ./(///(' >S'^. Jo////, m VI Yolney Patchen. Ch: [«] Wyman, 

m'd Delia. Woodward; [''] America; [^] Richard; 
[''] Amanda Patchen. 
:\. /:?//////r//('/ *S7. Jo////, m'd Jos. Ralston. Ch: ["] Edna; 
[fj] Albert D. Ralston; [<■] Emma Ralston. 

4. TihiKtii D. St. John, killed in the Southern army. 

5. WilUaiii R. St. John, m'd Harriet Stockton. Ch: 

["] Lula. m'd Jnlv .5. 1890, Samuel W. Bovdston; 
[''] Delia; [c] Huph St. John. 

0. fJlizd St. John, m'd Jephtha Woodward, sou of Lance, 

He lived at The Junction, and at one time kept the 
l)oor-house. He d. in ^fay, 1872. Ch: [«] Delia A., 
m'd Wy. Patchen; [''] Frances D. Woodward. 

7. .4//// St. John, m'd Dec. 2L 1850, Richard F. Duncan, 

son of Ed. P. Ch: ["] Frank; ['>] Albert; [^] Wil- 
liam; [<«] Etta, m'd Oct. 27, 1800, Chas. A. Carson; 
['■] Remus E.; [f] Boss; [f] Colen\au; [/'] Randall; 
['] Dovie Duncan. 

8. Albert (!. St. John. kil]<'d in the Southern army. 

9. Geo. W. St. John, m'd Jan. 21, 1874, Su<' Jackson, dr. of 

John. Ch: ["] Claude; [''] Esther; [c] Charles; 
['J] Elmer; [»] Ortis; [/] Mapf;ie St. John. 
10. Robert M. St. John, m'd Feb. 14. 187L Marv Ellen Drais. 
n. WILLIA:M R. ST. J0?1N. d. in Oct., 1808; m'd Letitia Hooper, 
sister of W. P. 

1. Andrew St. John, m'd A]>i-i] 10. 187:*, America Dick, 

dr. of Hezekiah. 

1855, JAN. 196 THE ST. JOHNS. 

2. Joseph ^t. John, m'd April 10, 1851, Sarah J. Dodson, 

dr. of James. Mr. St. John was elected in November, 
1872, assessor of Platte Conntv and served a term. 
He lost an arm in the Southern armv. Oh: [^] J. 
W. St John, m'd Feb. 11. 1877. Ellen*G. Standiford; 
[^] Susan J. St. John, m'd Oct. 18, 1882, Jas. A. Dick. 

3. Jeminia St. John, m'd John Holland. 

4. jN^flwc// St. John, m'd Jacob Hooper, brother of W. P. 

5. Tahitha A. St. John, m'd John Sudor. 

6. Hannah L. St. John, m'd 1st, Dec. 1, 1859, Thos. J. Lin- 

ville. She m'd 2d, Jas. Peyton. 

7. Ruth St. John, m'd Jesse Moore. 

8. Thos. St. John, m'd Ella Oraton. 

9. Letitia St. John, m'd John Young. 
in. JOB ST. JOHN (ii). d. single, in Jan.. 1855. 
TV. JOHN ST. JOHN, d. in Clinton Co. 

V. SARAH, m'd Thos. Moonevham. Oh: 

1. Permelia E. 

2. Cynthia Mooneyhant, m'd Faubion; she died, leaving 5 


Jan. 13 — Luther R. Stephens having died at Parkville, Thos. 
Aspling qualifies as his executor, giving bond for |(>,000. His 
will is dated June 19, 1854, and probated January 1. 1855. He 
bequeaths all to his brother, Edwin K. Stephens, and mentions 
sisters in Jessamine Co., Kentucky. 

Jan. 15 — Robert Bywaters having died, J. C. Bywaters ad- 
ministers. Bond, |5,00b. 

Jan. 25 — Thompson W. Belt having died in Weston. Ben 
Wood administers. Bond, |4,000. He m'd ]N[arch 26. 1846, Maria 
A. Wood. In April, 1853. he was elected marshal of Weston 
Court of Common Pleas, and served a term. 



Feb. 6 — James B. Mar-tin having died, Addison Burge admin- 
istered. Bond, 10.000. He was the youngest son of Zadock Mar- 
tin, and was born in Clay County, about 1822. He received a good 
education and read law. Be married, first, October 30. 1844, Mel- 
vina Ramey, danghtcM- of John, who died, childless, September 2, 
1848. He married, second. ( )ctober 31, 1850. Flora Jack, daughter 
of L. C. Jack. Their only child. David<^lla, was born September 2, 
1851, and died January 23. 18()8. Mrs. ^lartin married, second, 
July 23, 1807, Geo. R. Hine>s. a banker of Leavenworth. Tliey 
live in Texas, and will come again into n(vtic(^ under the Jack fam- 
ily. James B. Martin controlled thf Platte City water mills, then 
valualtle itroyiei-ty, and haiulled much money. Handsome, gen- 
erous, festive, and prodigal, he was surrounded by sycophants, 

1855, FEB. 197 THE MARTINS. 

who led liiiii into vice. He was chosen a justice of the county 
couii. and serviMl a term iu the Lcjiislature. i>nt bad liabits 
broujiht on family and pecuniary ti-oubh's. In ^lay, ^S~}:\, he sohi 
liis half intei-est in the mills, and went to Kansas, where he en- 
ji'a^'ed in ])astur-inj;- slock. Aftei- a nijiiit's debauch, he was found 
dead in his shanty, and was bronchi home for burial. 


Mr. Martin came from Teuiuessee about 1820, and settled in 
Clay. In 182,s we have seen him in charge of tlie ferries over the 
Platte and Missouri. His name is connected with the earliest 
settlement of our county. His wife was a sister of Roland Brown. 
He had brothers, Isaac and Josej)h, and a sister, ('ynthia. In 1840 
he left for Oregon, with several of his family. A few years later 
he and his wife died in the far West. Th: 

I. GREEN T. MARTIX, a lawver of IMissouri. 
II. FRANK P.. MARTIN, m'd April 4, 1844, Lucretia Txordon, 
and in 1846 went to Oregon. 


IV. HARDIN I). MARTIN, m\l a Searcv, and went to Texas. 

V. WM. J. :\[ARTIN, m'd 1st, Aug. 22, 18^.9, Harriet Crobarger; 

m'd 2d, Dec. :i, 1852, Marv Goss. Went to Oregon. 
YL JAINIES P.. MARTIN, has been noticed. 

^'IL ELIZABETH J. MARTIN, m'd April 2.'^, 1841, H. M. Knighton. 
YIIL MILLY MARTIN, m'd Elisha Harrington. (See.) 
IX. JOSEPHINE MARTIN, m'd 1st, Winter, from whom she was 

divorced. She then m'd John Riley Owen. (See.) I make 

her an interesting character in mv poem, "The Moaning 


R. S. Kelly and J. H. Stringfellow issue the i^qunUer Sover- 
eign, a Pro-slavery paper, at Atchison, Kansas. 

Feb. /2— Geo. W. Gist having died at AVeston, H. J. Wolf ad 
ministers. I'ond, ipLoOO. Gen. Gist w^as a man of intelligence, 
and an expei-ifMiced suiveyor. He was the fii*st president of the 
Leavenworth Town (\>mpany, and laid off the city. 

Feb. 23 — Leavenworth has 1 hotel, 1 saw-mill, 1 tailor, 1 shoe- 
maker, 1 barber, 2 blacksmiths, 1 newspa]>er, ?> lawy<M's, and 2 


■\fareh 6 — E. N. O. Clough enrolled as an attorney. 

John T. P>ell having died, J. II. Spurlock administers. Pond 

March 2/— The cas<' of F. Skinner vs. H. B. Todd resulted in a 
verdict of $49, against the defendant. 

1855, MARCH. 198 PARK'S PRESS. 

March 2^— The Ohristian Church buys Lot 1, Block 32, Platte 
City, aud proceeds to erect a house of worship. The lot cost |613. 

On the Kickapoo ferryboat, the following notice appears: 
''Some illy-disposed persons have tried to injure my ferry, by stat- 
ing that I refused to cross persons, last fall, to the election. This 
is false. It would be difBcult to find one more 'sound on the goose" 
than I am. [Signed] John ElUsJ^ 


Result in the Territory: Pro-slavery vote, 5,427; Anti- 
slavery vote, 791. 

Among councilmen elected were, Wm. Barbee, A. M. Coffey, 
John W. Forman, and R. R. Rees. For the House: O. H. Brown, 
J. H. Stringfellow, W. H Tebbs, Jas. Whitlock, and Allen Wilker- 
son Though frauds were perpetrated, yet there was at this time 
a large majority of Pro-slavery men in the Territory. 


April 2 — Jerrj' Woods is elected mayor of Weston. 
Population of Leavenworth, 500. 


The Platte County Self-Defensive Association held fre- 
quent meetings in the. spring of 1855. Senator Atchison, Dr 
G. W. Bayless, and B. F, Stringfellow were popular speakers, and 
their Pro-slavery harangues provoked the people to frenzy and 
outrage. Those living east and south of Platte City became al- 
most insane. Dr. Walker, Capt. W. J. Miller, J. V. Cockrell, L. 
Shepard, and Col. J. H. Winston were untiring in their efforts to 
arouse the people and to get them into Kansas. The Kansas 
League held frequent meetings in secret. They appointed com- 
mittees to carry their decrees into execution. Northern Methodist 
preachers had stated meetings at their church, five miles south of 
Platte City. Committees waited on them, and commanded them 
to desist, and enforced their charge with threats of tar and' 
feathers — and if these were not sufficient, they would be hung. 
Charles ^Morris, one of the pi-eadiers. defied them, and persisted in 
preaching. His temerity cost him his life, and, in 1864, was the 
cause of the death of Dr. Jos. Walker, in retaliation. 

Aftei' the frauds perpetrated in the Kansas election of March 
30, 1855, the following article appeared in the Tndufttrial Lumiiiarif. 
published at Parkville. by Park and Patterson: 

"Tliei-e is virtually no law in Kansas, and no secui-ity foi- life 
or ]tropeiiy. save in the sense of honor and justice cherished by 
evei-y ti'ue pioneer. This may !<ave the foniitry from bloodshed; 
but the (lovf-rnmenf is held up to ridicule and contempt, and its 
authority disregarded. Judges of elections have been displaced. 

1856, APRIL. 199 RESULTS. 

and ncAv ones aiipniiftcd; the polls ha\(' in soiiu- instances been 
guanlcd with pistols and howic-Univcs; and sonic of those elected 
are goinj;' to the governoi-, sweariny thai if he dcx's not give them 
cei'titieates of electi<Mi immediately, they will 'cnt his throat from 
ear to ear.' Is the tla;^' of onr conntry to be no longer jtrolected; or 
are individnals or comjianies to declare we will, and it mnst be so. 
withont regard to law ? Is this what the anthors of tlie Nebraska- 
Kansas bill meant by s(i natter sovereignty?'' 

That snch sentiments shonid be ]»nblished in I*latt<» Connty, 
under the very shadow of the Kansas League, was more than could 
be endured. Accordingly, at the next nnn'ting a commit tee of the 
whole was appointed to meet at Tarkville Ajtril 14. IS.")."), to cast 
the press and type of the Linniiia)-}/ into the Missouri River, to 
read a sentence of banishment to Park and Patterson, and to 
threaten death in case of their return to the county. But the 
I'ulprits got wind of what was coming, and stored away in the 
garret a large amount of type, which was not discovered, and 
afterwards taken to Kansas and used for Free-soil ]>ur]»oses. 

i)n the 14th of April the Kansas Leaguers ap]>cared on the 
streets of Parkville. Their hearts were fired by flaming sjieeches. 
The press was borne of many. A banner was hoisted aloft, and, 
amid songs and acclamations, the ]>ress and mateiial wci-c con- 
signed to the yellow waters of the turbid Missouri. 

Park was absent, and Patterson had to tread the wine-])ress 
alone. Tlie decree was short: "Leave the State in three days, 
and never return, or b(^ hung." Park was allowed three weeks 
to settle up his business affairs, and to leave. 

A public meeting was held that indorsed the proceedings, 
threatened with death Southern ^Methodist preachers, and ex- 
pressed the intention of dealing in like manner with other Free- 
soilers ''not far off."' These proceedings met the approbation of 
the Pro-slavei'v party at Liberty and elsewhere. 


1. Kansas became a free State. This outrage brought a 
myriad anti-slavery voters to Kansas. 

2. The leaders in this outrage were sued by Park, and had to 
pay all damages — .f2,r)fl0. 

.3. W. J. Patterson went to :M out real. Tanada. beame a 
wealthy merchant, and died honored and revennl. 

4. George S. Park gathered his scattei-ed means, and in- 
vested them in Illinois lands, liecame a hwi^i^ cajtitalist, and, after 
the war, retunied to his old home, to bless and enrich the very 
men who had conspired for his inin. Tie, from the wealth thrust 
upon him by his enemies, founded Park Colh^ge. the grandest and 
noblest educational enterpris<^ of the West. His dust now reix>ses 
at the very s])ot whence he was banished in life, and a colossal 
marble monument to his honoi- overlooks the jdace wiiere his press 


was submerged. How unsearchable are Grod's Judgments, and His 
ways are past finding out! 

James H. Lane and John Brow^n and sons appear in Kansas. 
The Legishiture meets and passes Pro-slayery laws. 

April 3 — Malcolm Clark, a leading Pro-slavery man, is killed 
at Leavenworth, in a. row, bv Cole McCrea, who was apprehended 
and indicted for murder, but escaped. 

April 30 — A Pro-slavery public meeting at Leavenworth, is 
addressed b^' Jas. N. Burnes. They appoint a vigilance committee 
of thirty. The committee charge that William Phillips was ac 
cessory to the murder of Clark, and order him to leave. 

Samuel C. Bowers having died, P. Ellington qualifies as his 
executor. Bond, |12,000. His wall is dated February 24, 1855, 
and probated May 24, 1855. His second wife was Mary Dough- 
erty, who was divorced from him. She afterwards married John 
Bryant. He left no children and bequeathed his property to Julia 
Dupey, P. Ellington, and Judge H. M; Vories, his attorney. 

MAY. , 


Expenditures in Detail. 

Lime Creek bridge. . .. | 377.00 

Sugar Creek bridge 190.00 

Prairie Creek bridge 200.00 

Platte City bridge 328.00 

Lower Bee Creek bridge 320.00 

Other bridges and roads 1,421.00 

Bridges and roads I 2,836.00 

Countv Court Justices • 290.00 

Jail. .' 661.00 

Stationery 346.00 

Countv Clerk 917.00 

Poor 1,843.00 

Treasurer 1,075.00 

Court-bouse 356.00 

Assessor 284.00 

Attorneys 68.00 

Printing 5.00 

Sheriff 877.00 

Superintendent of ('oiniii(!Ti Schools 200.00 

T'atrols 200.00 

Aliscelbnicous 1.093.66 

Circuil fMerk.. 1.342.00 


1855, MAY. 201 JAMKS H. BALDWIN. 


2,935 .slaves fl.L'(i4,S00.00 

Money and luvnds (;9r),!)(;2.00 

Olhcr personal proitcrly 429.104.0(1 

l.and and lots 2,81:5,240.00 

Total |5,203,U)f).00 

Revenue collected I 9,314.90 

Expended 12,393.<)G 

Deficit |3,078.7r) 

Principal of school fund, |1!).S2().(;3. 


}[ai/ 1 — James H. Baldwin died at Liberty, Mo. He was boru 
in Mason Co., Ky., April G, 1815, a son of James Baldwin and Sarah 
Harris. He graduated at Centre College, Ky., in 1837, studied law 
with McClung & Taylor, in Washington, Ky. He was four years 
older than I, yet we were companions at Centre College, studied 
law together, were licensed at the same time, started the practice 
together as partners, and continued the }»ar1nership in Missouri, 
but I removed, in 1841, to the country, and our association ceased. 
He was a finished scholar and a profound lawyer. He stood at 
the head of the bar, and was beloved by his associates. After 
practicing some thirteen years at Platte City, he removed to 
I>iberty, and formed a. partnership with Gen. A. W. Doniphan. 
He m'd Nov. 18, 184(), Susan Thornton, daughter of Col. John 
Thornton, of Clay. Their only child is .John T. I {aid win, who mar- 
ried Emma Cockrell. (See.) Mrs. Susan lialdwin, after the 
death of her husband, married Dr. McCurdy. and they I'eside in 

Mail 7 — Malcolm Clark having been killed as stated, Randall 
G, Baber administered. Bond, |1 5.000. He was large, strong, 
generous, chivalrous, and brave, a faithful fricnid and a danger- 
ous enemy. He m'd -Ian. 12, 1845, ^lary Elizabeth Owens, widow 
of Nicholas Owens, and daughtei' of Tsham P>aber. She had, by 
Owens, a daughter, Sarah, who married -lohn W. ^\'illiams, and re- 
moved to Jackson Co., INIo., where she died, childless. Mr. Clark 
left an only child. Alice Clark, who mariied Dr. M. S. Thomas, of 
Leavenworth. She has sevei-al <hildi-en. (See Isliani P.aber's 

Mdjl n — William Pliillii»s is tarred and feat lined al Leaven- 
woi'th. He was a lawyer, and an active and fearless advocate of 
freedom. He was charged with being accessory to the death of 
Malcolm Clark, and was oi'd<M*ed to leave by the Pro-slavery Vigil- 
ance Committe<\ Taken by Kansas outlaws, he was bi*ough1 to 
Wi'ston, and thei-e laired, feathered, and ridden on a rail, and 

1855, MAY. 202 JOHN C. DIESTER. 

sold Oil the block by a negro. A public meeting at Leavenworth, 
presided over bv R. R. Rees, approved the act. Phillips returned 
to Leavenworth, and was killed by ruffians September 1, 1856. 

May 26 — Fritz Kahm located at Parkville, and has been a 
merchant and a useful citizen ever since. He was born in Prus- 
i^ia. June !), 1834. His parents w^ere Peter Kahm and Eliz. Klem- 
mer. He married April 4, 1860, Eliz. Klam. Ch: 1, Fred P. 
Kahm; 2, Lizzie; 3, Minnie; 4, Walter B. ; 5, Grace. 

Majj 29 — Ralph Johnson having died, J. F. Broadhurst ad- 
ministered. He left a widow, Susan, and children: 1, Ben; 

2. Andrew; 3. Henry; 4, William; 5, Edwin; 6, Henrietta, m'd 
Duncan; 7, Sarah. 


June 1 — John C. Diester died on his farm below^ Parkville. 
He was a worthy, intelligent, and enterprising German. He left 
a widow, Catherine C, and children: 1, William H.; 2, Daniel: 

3. Henry W.; 4, John T.; 5, Magdalen C, m'd C. P. Henson. 

June 8 — A Free-State meeting at Lawrence, Kansas. Arms 
are received by them from friends in the East. 

June 9 — Joseph R. Daniel having died of cholera, his father- 
in-law, W. L. Blanton, adminstered. He was a blacksmith of 
Platte City, and a partner of W. E. Oliver. Ch: 1, Alonzo Dan- 
iel; 2, Xathaniel; 3, Armede; 4, Eveline. 

F. M. McDonald edited the Parkville Courier from this date, 
for five years. 


.////// 2 — A. H. Vories and W. S. Carroll enrolled as attorneys. 

And. J. Stigers having died, Chas. Babcock administered. 
P»<>nd, 1^300. No children. His father was Peter Stigers, and 
his brothers and sisters: 1, Marv, wife of Win. Davis; 2, Levi; 
3, Odo Stigers. 

The Kansas Legislature met at the call of Gov. Reeder. at 
Pawne(\ where a rough stone building had been erected as a 
cajiitol. The Legislature's first act was to remove to Shawnee 
Mission. The Governor vetoed the law, but it was passed over 
his veto. They met at Shawnee Mission, on the 16th of July. The 
old bouse is now a luiu. standing alone in a wheat-field. 


Auf/. 1 — At a special election in Weston. S. P. S. McCurdy 
was chrjsen judge of the Weston Court of Common Pleas, O. 
Diefendorf clerk, and W. T. Woods marshal. 

Cholera on the plains; ]\Iaj. Ogden dies with it. 

1855, AUG 203 JOHN D. ALDERSON. 

(lov. A. H. Reedei- removed as governor of Kansjis, and W'il- 
soii Sliaiinon appointed in his ])lace. 

Tlie town of Dclawaic, Kansas, is founded. Lots are sold at 
fabulous prices. 


Auf/. 70— .lolin 1). Ald<Mson <lies north of Weston, lie mar- 
ried in Tenuessw, Nancy CoutluM-, and came to Platte in 1842. 
He was a thrivinfj farmer, and had accumulated wealth. Ch: 
I. P:LIZABETH ALDEKSON, m'd in 1848, Wilson (}. Noble. 
She died August 13, 1861, and Mr. Noble has lived .single 
sincethat day. He was one of theearliest settlers of Weston, 
and there is yet his home. He was born in Boone Co., Mo. ; 
was a son of Thomas Noble, and a saddler by trade. In 
1838 he came to Weston, and has been in the harness busi- 
ness and mercantile pursuits ever since. He is a. Knight 
Teni})lar, and a dignified, honorable, and esteemed citizen. 
Children : 

1. WiUiani A. Xohlc^ a jdivsician of Kansas. 

2. CharJcfi Xohle, b. Feb. 2.3, 18.52, a merchant of Weston, 

and at one time mayor of the city. In 1879 he m'd 
Julia Pettijohn, of Chicago. Ch: ["] Birdie. 

3. Lizzie Noble, b. June 10, 18G2; m'd Sept. 3, 1844. Jas. 

W\ Cox, b. Feb. 5, 1861, son of W. G. Cox. She d. 
Dec. 31, 1891. Mr. Cox is a prosperous farmer and 
stock-raiser on the old estate of his fatlier. He was 
educated at ^Villiam Jewell College. His wife pos- 
sessed uncommon loveliness. 
II. ELIZA ANN ALDERSON, m'd J. H. Trundle, 
in. JAMES C. ALDERSON, b. in Simpson Co., Ivy., May 17, 
1833; m'd Nov. 21, 1865, :Mattie Stone. Mr. Alderson is 
now a citizen of Jackson Co., Mo. In Platte he at one time 
owned 1,700 acres, but all have been sold. He was one of 
the most extensive and successful farmers and stock- 
raisers of the county, and was highly esteemed for intelli- 
gence and public spirit. Ch: 

1. A»/)(> AI(ler.>ion, m'd March 17, 1886, Daniel M. Railey,b. 

Dec. 16, 1873, son of Egbert W. 

2. Mail AJdermn. 3. lAJlic. 4. ]f<nimn. .5. Herbert. 
6. Besfiie Ahlerson. 7. James C. 

Aug. JO — Ivecompton is made the cajtital of Kansas. 
Auff. 1 'f — James Lane makes his first ])ublic appearance at 
Lawrence, Kansas, at a. Free State Convention. 


^ept. -'/ — David S. Irwin's estate is administered on by N. H. 
Hope. Bond. |1 2,000. Hope & Irwin, saddlers, were among the 


first settlers of MartinsYille. Irwin never married. He was 
bighlv esteemed. 

The Kansas Legfislature establishes slaverv, makes it a felonv 
to express Abolitionist sentiments, disqualifies Abolitionists as 
jurors where the rights of slave-holders are involved, and requires 
all officers to swear they will support the fugitive slave law^ 


Oct. 1—3. W. Whitfield elected by 2,721 Pro-slavery votes a 
delegate to Congress. He was commissioned, but nol allowed a 
seat. The Free State men did not vote. 

Oct. 2 — Henry Walker having died in Weston. Henry Basye 
administered. Bond. |10,000. Ch: 1, W. H. Walker; 2, Andw. J. 

Oct. 3 — Pro-slavery men meet at Leavenworth, and issue an 
address, appealing to the people for law and order. It was signed 
by D. A. N. Grover, J. A. Halderman, L. F. Hollingsworth, D. J. 
Johnson, W. G. Mathias, R. R. Rees, et al. 

Oct. o— John Chapin having died, John Williams administers. 
Bond, 13,000. 

Oct. 7 — Abram Faubion having died, James Dodd adminis- 
ters. Bond, |4,000. Ch: 1, Margaret Faubion. m'd Brenner; 
2, William, d. in Dec, 1857; 3, Catherine Faubion; 4, Ruth Ann; 
5, Hezekiah ; 6, Hitoner Faubion. 

Oct. 8 — Election in Leavenworth County, to determine be- 
tween Delawai'e, Kickapoo, and Leavenworth, which should be the 
county seat, resulted in favor of Delaware, by a vote of 900, against 
838 for Kickapoo, and 700 for Leavenwoi'th. The polls at Dela- 
ware were kept open three days, and many went there from Platte 
to vote. I would not go over, though- importuned; but denounced 
the interference of our citizens as wrong. Yet my name was voted 
three times. 

Oct. 9 — Election by Free State men of Kansas of delegates to 
a constitutional convention. The convention met October 23d, 
and chose Jas. H. Lane president. 


Nor. 10 — Letitia D. Winston, widow of Gen. Joseph Winston. 
having died. Col. John H. Winston administers. Bond, |20,000. 

The progenitor was COL. JOSEPH WINSTON, born in 1746; 
died in 1814. In 17(50 he removed from Virginia to North Carolina. 
In the Revolutionary War he raised a i-egiment of patriots, and 
sei-ved under G(^n. Greene, in the Ai-my of the South. His regi- 
ment did noble service at the battle of King's Mountain, October 
7. 1S70, whei-e Gen. FfM-guson of the Bi-itisli Army was defeated. 
For his services on this occasion he Avas granted, by the Legisla- 
Inre of Noi'th ("aT'olina a sword ornamented with appropriatf^ 

1855, NOV. 205 THE WINSTONS. 

emblems mid iiisciijM ions. This swoid and a liaiidsoiiH' likciics.s 
of liim who oaiiK'd it by his <;aihiiiti-y are yet prescrvi'd as licii-- 
hxtnis by his j^raiidsoii. Col. John II. WMnston. Col. .los. Winston 
was also with (Wmi. (Ji-coiio at the battle of (Inilfoi-d Conrt-Honsc. 
He was elected to ('(Hi<iress in 1 7!>L*, and i-eelcted in 1800, and a{;ain 
in 1S02. He served fonr teiins in the Senate of Xorth Carolina, 
and was pi-esidential elector in 1801. The city of Winston. N. C, 
is named for him. 

The fathei- of C<d. Jos. Winston was one of two brothers win* 
came from \\'ales, and settled in Albemarle Co., Va. The other 
brother went, subsecpient ly, to Alabama, and was tbe progenitor 
of Gov. Winston, of that State. 

The will of Col. Jos. Winston is dated April 12, 1814. He 
grants to, an<l names, his children, as follows: 

1. Robert Winston is granted lands and jtersonal projKM'ty. 

2. Joseph W. Winston — lands and negroes. 

3. Sallie NN'inston — his ])r(Mious bnrc^an, etc. 

4. Lewis Winston — a valnable watch, etc. 

5. Samnel Winston — his diamond knee-buckles, etc. 

6. Fountain W^inston — his gold sleeve-buttcms. 

7. William A^'inston is named, but no sjx'cial bequest is 
granted him. 

Eight thousand acres of land are distributed among his chil- 
dren. Jos(^ph is to support the old negroes, and he is to have the 
sword granted him, wliich, he says, "is to be used only in defense 
of liis country." Of these children we are interested only with 


W^ho was born in Stokes County. X. C. He married there Letitia 
D. Hughes, daughter of John Hughes and Annie Moore. He was 
a major in a Noi-tli Carolina regiment, stationed at Norfolk, Va.. 
in the War of 1812, and served to tlie end. He was afterwards a 
representative for years in the Legislatui-e of North Carolina. In 
the militia of his State he was ap])ointed brigadier general, and 
advanced to majoi- general. He came to Platte in 18:!!). and set- 
tled north of Parkville. He had a store at the mouth of Platte, 
at the town of Winston, and here he was last seen. It is sup- 
posed he was accidentallv drowned in the Missouri Kiver. Ch: 
I. COL. JOHN H. WINSTON, b. in St.dves (Nk, N. C.. Jan. 22, 
1815; came to Platte in 1838, and setth'd seven miles south- 
east of Platte City ; ni'd Dec. 4. 1830, Elizabeth Tebbs, dr. of 
W^m. H. Tebbs and Lydia Kenn(Mly, b. Aug. H, 1818; d. Dec. 1, 
1886. ]Mrs. \Mnst()n possessed many virtues. With a cul- 
tivated mind and literary taste she combined a tall and 
handsome person, stateliness of manner, and grace with 
truth and kindness of heart. When her husband was un- 
dergoing his long military im]U'isonment, she took me into 
her counsel ; and while hvv tc^ars fell fr<H'ly and her prayers 

1855, NOV. 206 THE WINSTONvS. 

rose fervently, I wejjt with the dutiful wife and the faithful 

Col. Winston was long a militia officer. In early days I 
mustered under him. In military matters he was well in- 
formed; and when the war broke out in 1861, his Southern 
enthusiasm and his soldierly bearing pointed him out as 
the commander of Southern troops, raised in this county. 
In August, 1861, a militar}^ rendezvous was formed in his 
neighborhood and called Camp Cain. Here the Southern 
bands gathered, and a number of companies were organ- 
ized, under Capts. Chesnut, Chrisman, Chiles, Miller, Mitch- 
ell, Rogers, Spratt, and others. Before the regiment 
was fully organized, the men were hurried to the front. 
They were in time to take part in the siege and taking of 
Lexington, They were at Pea Ridge, Corinth, and other 
important engagemenrts. In the spring of 1864 Col, Win- 
ston, by order of Gren. S, Price, returned home to recruit 
men for the Southern army and to help them on their way 
to the front. While on this duty he was captured by a 
troop of Federal soldiers, at his home, three miles southeast 
of Platte City, For twenty months, until the close of 
the war, he was confined in military prisons — successively 
at St. Louis, Alton, and Jefferson City — in apprehension of 
death by military order, at any time. The return of peace 
brought him liberty. Col. Winston had long been a 
favorite of the people of Platte, and on his return he was 
joyfully received. From 1872 to 1876 he represented the 
county in the State Legislature, and his name has been fre- 
quently suggested for the State Senate. Col. Winston yet 
lives at his old home, honored and revered bv all who meet 
him. Ch: 

1. Lj/dia Winston, b. Aug. 11. 184.3; m'd Feb. 2. 1865, Mil- 

ton E. Clark, a banker and capitalist of Leavenworth. 
She is fond of society and spends much of her time 
in New England. They have three lovel v daughters : 
[«] Nellie E. Clark, b. Dec. 13, 1866; m'd Sept. 8, 1892, 
Lieut. Stephen M. Hadons; p] Cora Clark, b. Aug. 
6, 1868; ['] Hildah Clark, b. Dec. 16, 1873— the 
beautiful I 

2. Cora A. Winston, b. Sei)t. 17. 1844; m'd May 2, 1864, 

Judge William H. Woodson, b. Jan. 6, 1840. Cora, 
in the prime of her beauty, possessed commanding 
loveliness; and now, as a matron, is chai'ming in 
gT-are and queenly in majesty. She would have 
adorned the court of an empress. Judge Woodson 
is a. scion of a noble family. He is the son of my col- 
lege companion. Hon. Samuel H. Woodson, a judge 
of the Independence Circuit, of Missouri, and mem- 
bei- of T'ongress from that district. Judge W. H. 

1855, NOV. 207 THE WINSTONS. 

Woodson resides at Liberty, Mo. He has filled the 
offices of ])rosecntinf:: attorney and of probate 
jndjie. and is reconiiiiended for Conj^n-ess. He pos- 
sesses native intellect, supplemented by education, 
ambition, an<l chivalry. He commenced the practice 
of law at Platte ( Mty in 1S(U. entered the Confederate 
army, served undcn- tien. I'rice. and became assistant 
adjutant-general of the Missoun State (^luard. He 
is related to his wife through the Hughes family. 
C\\: ["] Winston Woodson, b. Aug. 29, 1865; d. 
Nov. 18. 1891; ['>] Elizabeth T. Woodson, b. Oct. 17. 
1870; [c] Wm. H. Woodson (iii. b. Feb. 21. 1874; 
['/] Arch. L. Woodson, b. Jan. 8. 1870; ['] Lydia L. 
Woodscm. b. Oct. IP.. 1877; [f] Jos. 1.. Woodson, b. 
Mar 28, 1880; ["] Everard ^r. Woodson, b. Dee. 

3. Harry C. Winston, b. in Platte County. After gradu- 

ating at William Jewell College at Liberty. Mo., at 
the Missouri State University, and at the Law School 
of Washington City, he has commenced the practice 
of law at Kansas City. He m"d his distant relative, 
Josie Kennedy, an amiable and intelligent lady. 
They have no children. 

4. Geo F. Winston, graduated at William Jewell College 

and at the St. Louis Law School. He is now prac- 
icing law' in Kansas City, Mo. 

5. AJq. S. Winston, m'd May 10. 1881. Amanda Duncan, b. 

July 29, 1803. dr. of James Duncan. Sidney, as he 
is called, is a farmer on part of the parental estate. 
Ch: [«] Joseph Winston; [f>] Harry; l'^'] Bessie; 
[<^] Cora; [c] John, 
n. LOUISA WINSTON, m'd in North Carolina Jas. B. Frost. 

who died there. The widow came to Platte in 1838, with 

her two children, and here died. Ch : 

1. EUzaheth Frost, m'd in 1840. Col John E. IMtt. b. in 
southern Kentucky about 1822; d. in Colorado June 
19. 1884. ]\rrs. Pitt was a handsome and fascinating 
woman, well read in the literature of the day. a bril 
liant conversationalist, and a cliarming companion. 
Col. Pitt came to Platte City in 1843. and first intro- 
duced himself to public notice by running against 
Judge S. L. Leonard for circuit .attorney. His 
speeches were replete with wit and s]»icy. cutting 
stories. His audienc^es were convulsed with laugh- 
ter, and his well-told anecdotes are not yet forgotten. 
He was a Whig, but gained favor by his courteous 
manners and genial disposition. He was an orator 
and a. chaste writer. He was the life of every circle 
he entered, and made himself interesting to all sorts 

1855, NOV. 208 THE WINSTONS. 

of company. As a humorist he had few equals, 
and yet he possessed a high order of intelligence. 
In August, 1845, he was elected a delegate to the 
second State Constitutional Convention, and in 1858 
he was chosen a county representative, with Dr. 
Samuel McGuire as his associate. In 1878 he was 
elected county attorney. In April, 1881, he removed 
to Colorado, to live with his daughter, Mrs. Katie 
Dameron, where he died. His children have all left 
us. I knew the family well, and can testify to their 
fascinating beauty, their remarkable proiiciency in 
music, their charming graces, and their educational 
accomplishments. The three daughters of Col. Pitt 
were a triad of noble sisters, charming wives, and 
true and faithful mothers. Ch: ['''] James Frost 
Pitt, b. in 1851; is a rising lawyer of St. Joseph. He 
is, even now, one of the best practitioners of the 
State, [b] Lula Pitt, b. Sept. 13, 1853; m'd Feb. 28, 
1881, Dr. Guilford Yokom, b. in 1814. Thev live in 
Colorado. Ch: [/] Helen Yokom, b. Oct. 1, 1882; 
and accidentally killed in July, 1894, by a shot from 
a gun in the hands of a negligent youth. Lula is 
now a sad and childless mother, [f] Katie Pitt, b. 
in 1856; d. Dec. 4, 1889; m'd Sept. 21, 1876, Geo. M. 
Dameron. She was a delicately strung harp, sensi- 
tive to every breath of air or beam of sunshine. Her 
soul was from infancy attuned to harmony. She 
met you in ecstasies of delight, and when she left, 
you were sure an angel had been with you. \Yords 
of kindness and affection flowed as nectar from her 
lips, and to your imagination she was a. bird of par- 
adise. P>ut these perfections were more than her 
natuie could sustain. She lost her reason, and died 
in an asylum. She left a child, Warren, who, with 
]\lr. DanuM'on, is in the far West. But her dust re- 
l)Oses in our cemetery, and a large harp, appropriately 
placed at the head of her grave, is garlanded with 
honeysuckle. Her life was a song, and her monu- 
ment is a lyre whose ^5^olian strains lull her slum- 
bers. ['/] Lettie IMtt, m'd Oct. 29, 1885, R. H. Wel- 
lei-, a. dealer in cal tl<' at Kansas City. L(4tie is much 
lik<^ lici- motluM- — a brilliant talker, and a faithful 
worker in the E])iscopal Chui-ch. To her talent for 
iimsic she adds vivacitv. ]mritv, and unwavering 
faith. Cli: [/] .loliu r. Weller; [2] James W.; 
[.{] AAv.vAi' V. 
2. -Iditirs E. Frost, lu'd Dec. 19. 1S59. A'irg. E. Almond, 
b. Dec. 19, 1S41. To them was l)oni one child: 
[^'] Addie Frovst. They se]»arated, and are both in 

1855, NOV. 209 JOHN SEBUS. 

the West. The boy is with his father, Mr. Frost 
distiiijiiiished himself during the war as an inde- 
peudeut soldier and daring scout in the service of 
the South. 
in. MATTHEW n. WINSTON, b. in ls:iO; d., single, March 

25, 1804. 
IV. ANN POWELL WINSTON, m'd Dr. Wni. M. Macey. She 
died leaving a child: 

1. Jos. P. Mitceii, m'd B. Oldham, and removed west. 
Dr. Macey m'd I'd, a lady in Jackson County, and died in 
1847. His widow still lives in Jackson County. 
V. JOSEPH WINSTON, d. in 1804. He w^ent to California, 
m'd a Mrs. P>lair, and left a child. He was elected probate 
judge of his coimtv, and died in office. 
VL SAMUEL L. WINSTON, m'd ]March 14, 1878, Letitia Dobson, 
dr. of Ed. ]\I. He was a captain in his brother's Confeder- 
ate regiment. He died, leaving three children, in Jackson 
County. He was captured in Platte County, while recruit- 
ing men for the South, and suffered a long imprisonment. 
JVor. 19 — William T. Withers, a young lawyer of Weston, hav- 
ing died, his associates, both at Weston and Platte City, passed 
resolutions of respect, and spread them on record. 


2Voy. 25 — Sheriff S. J. Jones, of Douglas Co., Kansas, having 
asked assistance to enforce law and to make arrests, several 
hundred riflemen from Platte organize and assemble at Franklin, 
Kansas, taking Senator Atchison as their counsellor. 


Nov. 27 — John Sebus, of Weston, died. He was born in Ger- 
many January 11, 1815. Ch: 

L PETER SEBUS, never married. 
H. THEODORE SEBUS, d. in Weston April 1, 1880. His wife 
was named Margaret, and his ch: 

1. John Sebus. 

2. Peter Sehus, m'd Jan. 11, 1888, (Vlia Schindler. 

3. Theo. Sehus (ii). 4. John Sehiis. 

5, WiUifUH H. Sehus. m'd April (i, 1802. Rosa Lee Pepper, 
dr. of John D. 

Nor. 21 — Liberty Arsenal was sur]»ris(Hl and taken by sixty 
Pro-slavery men, who took a large su])])ly of arms and ammuni 
tion. Two wagon-loads were brought to Platte City and hid 
under the Baptist church, then just finished. 

Jerry Calvert's will is dated August 27, 1852, and is probated 
July 28, 1855. He was a brother of Smith and Warren Calvert. 
Ch: 1, Catherine, wife of Ambrose Moore; 2, Sarah Ann Sims; 
3, Zerilda Trunnel. 


1856, JAN. 210 BUSINESS MEN. 



Governor, Sterling Price; Congressman, M. Oliver; State 
Senator, A. M. Robinson; Representatives, Burnes, Doniphan, 
and Dorriss; Circuit Judge. E. H. Norton; Circuit Clerk, W. C. 
Remington ; Sheriff, W. H. Spratt ; Probate Judge, Jas. Gr. Spratt ; 
County Justices, Clark, Duncan, and Layton; County Clerk, P. R, 
Waggener; Treasurer, H. J. Freeland; Surveyor, Jas. S. Owens; 
Public Administrator, W. H. Miller; Circuit Attorney, Jas. Craig; 
Countv Attorney, W. B. Almond; School Commissioner, H. C- 

busi:ness men. 

At Platte City: Attorneys — Almond, Baker, Clark, Connelly, 
Headley, Herndon, Merryman, Pitt, Spratt, Smith, Tebbs, Wilson. 

Physicians — Baldwin, Brown, Guthrie, Hollingsworth, Mar- 
shall, Redman, Wallace. 

Merchants, etc. — Almond, Paxton & Callahan, Ferrier, Flesh- 
man, Fox & Brooks, Freeland & Murray, R. D. Johnston & Son, 
S. Johnston, Perry Keith (postmaster), Marshall & Burge, Swaney 
& Christison, Skillman (hotel), Prof. Patterson, Tipton, Waller & 
Frost, Reed, Richards, Woolfolk, Wilkinson. 

At Weston: Attorneys — Bird, Branch, Carroll, Burnes, Doni- 
phan, Diefendoirf, McCurdy, Ramage, StringfelloAV, Wilkinson. 

Physicians — Bonifant, Bowlby, Bowers, Earickson, Darneal, 

Merchants, etc. — Belt & Murphy, Blanjour, Briggs, Basye, 
Bruner & Halyard, Cody, Conwell & Spencer, Dai^lington & Carter, 
Deckelman, Deitz, Doppler, Doss, Evans, Fries, Gillespie, Harper, 
Guenther, Holliday, Hathaway, Kelly & Kyle, Knudson, McCon- 
nell, McCown, Mettier, Miller, Mitchell, Noble, Ohlhausen, Osborn, 
Parrott, Perrys & Young, Powell, Railey & Bro.. Roney, Strau'T. 
Walker, Williams & Vineyard, Warner, Wilhite, Wood. 

Weston Court of Common Pleas — McCurdy, judge; Wolf, 
clerk ; Wa 1 1 i n gf ord, m arsha 1 . 

Preachers — Rev. W. G. Caples, Rev. E. Wright. 

At Parknlle: Attorneys— Clough & Clough. McDonald, 

Physicians — Barnes. Clardy, Crust. 

Merchants, etc. — Arnold. Bueneman, Burnes. Davis, Beeding, 
Ford & Ashby, Hord. Park, Ringo, Stoddart, Snmuiers, Wood- 
small, WoodAvard. 

At Cnm(Je)i Point: Coffey, Hale & Son. Flack. 

At Fnrlrj/: Stilos. Johnson. Zabrisky & Falkner. 

At Neir Marl-el: Armstrong. P>ishop. Cartwright. Tufts, 

1856, JAN. 211 MOOT CONGRESS. 

At Ridgehj: Ellington, Phillips, Sayle, Gustin. 
Newspapers — At rarkville, the Courier, McDonald editor. 
At Weston, the Reporter, Finch editor; the Argus, Wisele- editor. 
Dram-shop license, |15 for county and |15 for Statf 


Jan. 1 — The epizootic is fatal auionj;- horses. 


The literary people of \Yeston have formed a INFoot Congress. 
The exciting topics of the day are discussed. Among those par- 
ticipating are the following: Adams, Beechboard, Beller, Belt, 
Bowlby. Bowman. Boyd, Branch. Brooks, Burnes. Carlisle, Col- 
man, Corser, Earickson, Evans. Farra, Fulton, Gilbert, Graves, 
Halyard, Harper, Heriot. Lewis, McCurdy, ^Magee, Mathews, 
Matlock, Maxfield, Miller, Murphy, Norton. Owens. Pence, Ram- 
age. Bailey, Ranson. Reynolds. Bobbins. Rockwell, Sayle. Spencer, 
String-fellow, Thomj)son, Trundle. Wallingford. Washburn. Wells. 
Wilhite. Whitehead. Wilkinson, Wiseley, Wilson, Wood, Wright. 

Jan. 15 — Election of officers under the Topeka Constitution, 
Robinson chosen governor. 

Jan. 18 — R. P. Brown, member-elect of the Free State Legisla- 
ture, killed by a mob at Salt Ci-eek Valley. 

Jan. 24 — President Pierce, in a special message to Congress, 
pronounces the Topeka government an act of rebellion. 

Sharp's rifles, sent in large numbers for the use of Free State 
men. They are called "Beecher's Bibles." 


Feb. 6 — Mrs. Mary Francis died at Platte City. She married, 
first, a Green, and was nuither of Malinda, wife of Elisha Green, 
She afterwards married a Francis, but had but the one child. 

James Miller died at Weston. He was a bright and enthusi- 
astic Mason, and an honorable, true, and generous man. 


March 5— The Baptist Church buvs in Block 27, Parkville, 
for S125. 

March 4 — The Kansas Legislative Assembly, under the 
Topeka Constitution, meet, and go through the forms of organi- 

March 29 — The grand jury of Jefferson County, Kansas, re- 
port to the court testimony showing that a secret order had been 
organized, "working under the most solemn and binding oaths 
and obligations, to resist, by force of arms if necessary, all laws 
or regulations which favored slaverv." 


John Dougherty having died in Marshall Township, William 
Turner administers. Bond, |3,000. His widow was named 
Catherine. Ch : 

I. FRANKLIN DOUGHERTY, d. in Sept., 1871; and his widow, 
Ann E. Dougherty, administered. Ch: 

1. John Y. Dougherty, m'd Dec. 25, 1842, Keziah Yount. 

2. Rich a I'd Dougherty. 

William Tatman buys of Wm. J. Norris IGO acres in Sec. 21, 
T. 53, R. 35, on the Weston and Platte City road, for |5,600. 

Weston Masonic Lodge, No. 53, buys property on Lot 113, 
Block 12, Weston, for |1,300. 

William Patton having died, Jesse Vineyard and A. H. Cox 
administered. Bond, |16,d00. His will is dated March 11, 1856. 
Ch: 1, Lewis C. Patton; 2, Wm. S. T. Patton; 3, Louisiana Pat- 
ton; 4, Mary J. Deering; 5, Virg. Beaumont. 


April 7 — Geo. B. Mitchell having died, Millard Mitchell ad- 
ministers. Bond, |1,500. 

George Coakley's will is probated. It is dated March 3, 1850. 
He married January 28, 1851, Mrs. Margaret Ford. Ch : 1, John 
Coakley; 2, Louisa Wells; 3, Geo. R. Coakley; 4, Joseph Coakley; 
5, Amanda C. Coakley, 

April 15 — Moses Burt having died near Farley, his grandson, 
Capt. John H. Burt, administers. Bond, $6,000. Moses was the 
progenitor of all the Burt familj^ of Platte. 


April 19 — Sheriff Jones, of Douglas County, Kansas, at- 
tempted to arrest S. N. Wood, in Lawrence, and, being resisted, 
calls on certain citizens to help him. They refuse, and, on the 
23d, the sheriff returns with United States troops, and the citizens 
are arrested. But Jones is shot, and severely wounded. 

April 23 — Pardee Butler, having returned to Atchison, is 
tarred and feathered, by a Pro-slavery mob. 

April 25 — Governor Shannon asks, and receives, a guard of 
thirty Federal soldiers, to be stationed at Lawrence. The Sharp's 
rifles sent to Lawrence have been removed. 

April 29 — Maj. Jeff. Buford, of Georgia, with a body of well- 
armed Southerners, arrives in Kansas, and offers to assist in en- 
forcing the Territorial laws. 

Great excitement in Platte over the situation in Kansas. 
-Maj. Jesse Morin calls for volunteers, and several hundred re- 
s[)ond. Capt. John Wallis took n company to Kansas, which 
served a year in the State militia. AVallis was born in North 
Carolina July 17, 1840; he was a sou of Geo. Wallis. He served 


under Gen. S. Price in the Mexican War, and again in the Civil 
War, and drew a pension for the former. He died in 1896, in 


May J — If a statement of county finances was made this year, 
it does not appear of record. The sickness and death of County 
Clerk Waggener may account for it. 

Thomas M. Fox having died, his wife, Sarah Ann Fox, ad- 
ministers. Bond, |5,000. He married Sarah Ann Williams in 
Mason Co., Ky., and came to Platte, about 1848. Mrs, Fox re- 
moved into Platte City, and, after some years, disappeared. 


May 5 — The grand jury of Douglas County, Kansas, present 
the Lawrence Free State Hotel, the Herald of Freedom, and the 
Kansas Free State as nuisances; and they are ordered to be abated. 
They also indict Governors Robinson and Reeder. 

May 15 — Kansas is in a state of anarchy. The Pro-slavery 
party have the officers, and Federal and Territorial support. 
Many Free State men are indicted for treason. The Missourians, 
led by Senator D. R. Atchison, Gen. A. W. Doniphan, and B, F, 
String-fellow, are approaching Lawrence. Maj. Buford, with 400 
men, is at Franklin. They claim to be for law and order, and 
offer to assist the Territorial government to enforce the law. 
Free State men are pouring in from the North, 

May 16—QtQn. Whitfield with 1,400 Pro-slavery men left 
Leavenworth for Lawrence. 

May 20 — The Pro-slavery forces, as a posse to help the United 
States marshal and the sheriff of Douglas Comity, Kansas, to 
execute process, present themselves before Lawrence. Sheriff 
Jones, with ten men, including J, B. Thompson, of Clay, and W, C. 
Hatton, of Platte, enter Lawrence, and call for S. C, Pomeroy, who 
comes out on the steps of the hotel, and a conference is held. 
Pomeroy delivers two cannon, but no small arms. Two women 
came out and begged that the town be spared. Jones promised 
no damage should be done except the abatement of the nuisances. 
Two companies were then sent into Lawrence. One stacked arms 
and the other remained on duty. The hotel and the printing 
offif-es were destroyed. The hotel was fired on by th(^ artillery, 
and then burned. The presses were oast into the river, and the 
type scattered. Governor Robiuson's house was l>urned. The 
fire extended to other places, but was extinguished. Senator 
Atchison addressed the men from a board placed on two barrels. 
His opening words were: 'This day dissolves this Union — 
but we will make Kansas a free State." 


A squad of 35 men was raised in Platte, and crossed at 
Delaware, taking two brass six-pounders. Tliey were organized 
as Missouri militia, and armed by the State. They went to 
Lawrence by way of Franklin. 

About twenty-five men from Clay and Platte, in command of J. B. Thompson, offered their services to Gov. Shannon, and 
were assigned to the command of Col. Titus. They went to Law- 
rence. Among them were J. P. Harbeson, W. C. Hatton, W. C. 
Baker, D. C. Date, and other Platte County men. 

John Brown was in Lawrence, but took no open part. 
Atchison, Stringfellow, and Morin were the counsellors of the 
Pro-slavery party. 

May 2Jf — John Brown and his troop, at Franklin, seize five 
Pro-slavery men and shoot them, producing consternation in that 

Eight families, with twelve teams, from Illinois, were stopped 
in Platte, on their way to Kansas, and were sent to Clay, where 
they were provided with homes. 

At Franklin, Kansas, ''Old Sacramento," the cannon brought 
back from Mexico, fell into the hands of Free State men, and it 
was bnrsted a few years ago. 


Becomes a worthy and influential citizen of the east part of Platte. 
His father, JORDAN CALLICOTTE, from North Carolina, m'd 
in Kentucky Frances Dunbar. Henry F. was b. in Russell Co., 
Kv., May 27, 1827. Dec. 24, 1851, he m'd in Kentucky. Mary Ann 
:\[urray,' b. April 6, 1826. They came to Platte in 1856. Mr. Cal- 
licotte is a man of superior judgment, and exercises a commanding 
influence in his neighborhood. Ch: 

L MARY F. CALLICOTTE, b. July 26, 1856; m'd Sept. 27, 
1877, William A. Elgin. (See.) ^ 
H. JOSEPH C. CALLICOTTE, b. May 30, 1858 ; m'd Feb. 20. 1883, 
Mollie Hardestv. Ch: 

1. Fannie cdllicotfe. 2. Cliff. 3. Geo. 


The Democratic Convention at Cincinnati nominate Bu- 
chanan and Breckinridge. 

June 5 — Battle of Black Jack. The Free State men dislodge 
the Southerners from Franklin, Kansas. 

Several hundred thousand dollars are sent to Kansas, to 
make it a free State. 

June 6 — Osawatomie sacked by Pro-slavery men. 

June 9 — Governor Shannon at Westport, in person, orders 
Southern troops to disperse. Free State men gather from Iowa. 
The Missouri is blockaded by Pro-slaverv men. 

1856, JUNE. 215 THE HUGHES. 

June IS — Lieutenant Mcintosh writes to Acting Governor 
Woodson, of Kansas, that the war from Westport was infested 
by armed bands of Simtlierners. prctcndinji' to be emigrants; but, 
as they were prepared for war, he reciniicd tliem to leave the State 
under escort. One company was from 1 Matte. They returned by 
way of Westport. Squads of Northern men were also dispersed. 
Under date of June 4th, Governor Shannon issued a proclamation 
against foreign interference in Kansas affairs. 

June 11 — The Republican National Convention at Philadel- 
phia nominate Fremont and Dajton. 

June 21 — Atchison, Stringfellow, and Buford send south for 
more money and men. 


Juhf 1 — Sherman and Howard, a majority of the committee 
to investigate Kansas troubles, report in favor of the Free State 
party; and our re])resentative, Oliver, in favor of the Pro-slavery 

Jtilji j — The Free State Legislature of Kansas is dispersed by 
Col. Sumner, by order of Acting GoAernor Woodson. But Secre- 
tary of War Jeff. Davis disapproved of Woodson's course. 

The 4th of July is celebrated at Platte City. J. E. Merryman 
speaks. Atchison is waited on by a committee, and invited to 
speak ; but, with a curse on the 4th of July, refuses. 

Juhi 6 — Joseph E. Merryman enrolled as an attorney. 

Frederick Starr, a Presbyterian minister at Weston, is in- 
dicted for teaching slaves to. read, and, on account of the outcry, 
has to leave. After the war, he visited Weston, and was kindly 
received and entertained. 

Leander Hughes dies. His son, Johnson Hughes, admin- 
isters. Bond, .f2,000. 


JOHN HUGHES, of North Carolina, married a Moore. Ch: 
H. ARCHIBALD HUGHES, lived in Tennessee. 
IIL LEANDER HUGHES, b. in North Carolina, and there m'd 
Letitia Clemment, dr. of Johnson. She died before him. 
They came to I'latte in the fall of 18:50, and settled seven 
miles southeast of Platte City. He was an intelligent and 
worthy farmer. Ch : 

1. Johnson C. Hii(/hes, m'd April 20. '[f^rtS, ]\Lary J. Lewis. 

dr. of William. They went west about 1S70. 

2. SlalJie C. Hiif/hefi, m'd Oct. 25, 184S. John Keys. They 

Avent to Kansas, where thev still live. 

1856, AUG. 216 THE) HUGHES. 

3. Mavy Hughes, m'd John English. Both dead. Ch: 

[«] Mary J. English; [^] Ann English, m'd an Ed- 
wards in North Carolina. 

4. Martha Hughes, m'd Edward M. Dobson, her cousin. 

He was b. in North Carolina Dec. 8, 1812. He came 
to Platte in 1840 ; was county assessor in 1848-9. He 
was a son of Wm. R. Dobson and Mary Hughes. He 
died in 187 — . Ch: [«] Annie C. Dobson, m'd Dec. 
30, 1874, M. S. Bright (see); [&] Mary A. Dobson, m'd 
Oct. 17, 1867, Thos. L. Moore, son of James; [c] Leti- 
tia, m'd March 14, 1878, Samuel L. Winston (see); 
[<i] Eleanor M. Dobson, m'd Feb. 25, 1880, Wm. B. 
Franklin. From him she was divorced. She has 
married again. 

5. John Rogers Hughes, b. May 16, 1828 ; m'd Sallie Ann 

Eogers, b. June 3, 1839. They live seven miles south- 
east of Platte City. Ch: [«] Laura, m'd Wydich; 
[*] Lizzie, m'd Otho Offut (his second wife) (see); 
[c] Arch. Hughes; [^ William; [e] Edward D; 
[f] Virgie. 

6. Archelaus E. Hughes, b. in Stokes Co., N. C, April 18, 

1832. The faniily came to Moniteau Co., Mo., in 1837, 
and to Platte in 1839. He m'd April 16, 1860, Mary 
E. Horner, dr. of Edward B. He entered the State 
militia during the war and did home service. Ch: 
[«] Sarah D. Hughes ; [^] Leander; [c] Matthew M. ; 
[<^] Mary J.; [«] John C. [t] Archelaus; [^] Thos. 
L.; [li'] John C. Hughes. 

IV. JOHN HUGHES, d. in Georgia. 

V. LETITL\ D., m'd Gen. Jos. Winston. (Bee.) 

VL ANN POWELL HUGHES, m'd Wm. Lash in North Carolina. 
Vn. MARY (POLLY), m'd Wm. R. Dobson, father of Ed. M. (See.) 
Vni. JANE HUGHES, m'd John Fulkerson. Ch: 

1. Sallie A. FuHcerson, m'd W. Smith Ewing, son of 
Joshua, a cousin of Finis Ewing. Ch: [«] James 
W. Ewing, m'd May 19, 1874, Sallie A. Kay, dr. of 
Campbell Kay. (See.) J. W. Ewing's only child is 
John Ewing, b August 6, 1878. 

Gen. Percifer Smith supersedes Gen. Sumner in command at 
Ft. Leavenworth. 


Aug. 1 — Congress refuses to seat Whitfield, the Pro-slavery 
delegate, or Reeder, the Free Soil delegate. 


Aug. -^ — James Craig, for Congress, received 8,742 votes, 
against 6,274 for INIoss, American. Dr. A. ]\I. Robinson was chosen 

1856, AUG. 217 P. R. WAGGENER. 

State Seiiutoi', aud E. P. Duncan, C A. Peiiy, and John Wilson 
were elected representatives; W. il. Spratt, slierill; D. P. Lewis, 
county clerk; Layton, Broadhurst, and Hays, county judges; 
Jas. Stone, Sr., assessor; H. J. Freeland, treasurer; H, N. Jenks, 
surveyor; and J. M, Basset, circuit attorney. 

Aug. 15 — An extra Platte Argns is issued, giving an account of 
Jim Lane's outrages in Kansas upon unoileuding Pro-slavery 
citizens, manj- of whom are murdered. The women and children 
are tljing, and Lecompton has been burned. Bosh ! 

Aug. 19 — Hoppe is killed and scalped by Fuget near Leaven- 
worth. The latter is tried and acquitted. 

Panic at Lecompton, on account of Free Soil threats to de- 
stroy it. Capt. J. W. Reid is at Westport. 

Aug. 25 — Acting Governor Woodson, of Kansas, by proclama- 
tion, announces that the Territory is in a State of insurrection and 
rebellion, and calls on law-abiding citizens to rally to his support. 

Aug. 28 — Gov. Shannon, of Kansas, resigns, and is succeeded 
by Gov. J. W. Geary. 


Aug. 29— B. R. Atchison, J. W. Reid, B. F. Stringfellow, A. W. 
Doniphan, and others publish an address, announcing a deter- 
mination to execute the law. 

Free State men enter the Territory in small squads, with 
arms concealed, and join Lane at Lawrence. 


Peyton R. Waggener having died in June, D. P. Lewis was ap- 
pointed county clerk, and was elected in August by the people. 
Mr. Waggener had not long been in the county (having come in 
April, 1843) before he became a general favorite, and was elected 
county clerk in August, 1854. But ill health succeeded, and he 
could give but little attention to the duties of his office. He and 
his widow are affectionately remembered in the county. He mar- 
ried April 7, 1842, in Kentucky, B. S. Willis. Ch : 

L FANNIE B. WAGGENER, b. May 9, 1848; m'd Emmett E. 
Barbee. son of Eleas. 
n. BAILEY PEYTON WAGGENER, b. July 18, 1847; m'd May 
27, 1879, Emnm Hetherington, dr. of a bnnker of Atchison. 
Mr. Waggener is an eminent lawyer of Kansas, a railroad 
attorney, and a politician who aspires even to the United 
States Senate. I remember him when a beautiful boy on 
the streets of Platte City. He helped support his estimable 
mother, and I furnished them witli a house to live in. We 
are proud of him. 
in. JAMES W. WAGGENER, b. in 1852. Lives in Atchison. 
Kansas, and is superintendent of the electric street railroad. 

1856, SEPT. 218 J. V. COCKRELL. 



Sept. 1 — W. E. Murphy, a Pro-slavery man, was elected dele- 
gate to Congress from Kansas by a vote of 292. No Free State 
votes were cast. 

Sept. 4 — William Wright having died, Cassandra Wright ad- 
ministers. Bond, |3,000. Cassandra's first husband was Richard 
Jack. She died about 1860. 

Sept. 9 — Gov. J. W. Geary arrives in Kansas. He acts in 
concert with Gen. P. F. Smith, to prevent a collision between the 
two factions. 

Se2)t. 11 — Twenty-seven hundred Missourians are approach- 
ing Lawrence, and United States troops are sent there. Gov. 
Geary, by proclamation, discharges the Pro-slavery militia, and 
orders the enrollment of a new militia, composed of citizens. 

Sept. IS — Pro-slavery forces are at Franklin, under Atchison, 
Jones, Titus, Richardson, and others, 


Sept. 15 — Jeremiah V. Cockrell died, five miles east of Platte 
City. C. Cockrell and AVm. M. Paxton were his executors. Bond, 
$30,000. He was a second cousin to Clinton Cockrill, but nearer 
related to Senator F. M. Cockrell ; and, like him, spelt his name 
with an e, instead of an i. He was born in Estill County, Ky., 
September 5, 1814; came to Missouri in 1839, and stopped at War- 
rensburg, where, October 1, 1840, he married Louisa Mayo, daugh- 
ter of Judge H. B. Mayo. (See.) She died at Helena, Mont., March 
19, 1888. He was a man of integrity, virtue, and intelligence, an 
uncompromising Southern man, and fearless in promulgating his 
principles — but died ere he reached the point of danger. I notice 
one trait of his character in the following verse, dedicated to his 

His idols were his worthy sons. 

His lovely girls, and charming wife; 
To train and bless these darling ones 

Became the duty of his life. 

Mi-s. rpfkrell was a woman of extraordinary loveliness, both 
of j)erson and of disposition. A veiw child in innocence and 
purity, her confiding heart doubted no one. and the law of kind- 
ness was upon liei- tongue. Ch : 
L H. CLIFTON COCKRELL. m'd Oct. 0. 1870. Sadie Railey, the 
lov(-ly dr. of J, ]M. Railey, the Weston banker. They live in 
Orfnratk). 'Mr. Cockrell received a finished education, and 
has become an eminent lawver. 


■ u^ 

n. VARDIMAN (^(X'KRELL, lives in CcTitTntdo, where he hits 
risen to distinction. 
rn. JAMES MONKOE CO( 'KKELL, b. Aug. 6, 184G; ni'd Nov. 8, 
18G9, Annie Kedmau, dr. of Dr. E. C. Redman. She was 
born Nov. 18, 1850. Mr. Cockrell was a well-educated and 
highly accomplished gentleman, a zealous Methodist, an 
earnest advocate of temperjiuce, genial in his address, and 
generally beloved. He edited the FlatU County Advocate 
during the thickest of the King and Sorehead embroglio, 
and became the mediator of peace between the hostile 
factions. Sir. Cockrell died Nov. 1, 1883. His widow lives 
in Platte City, and is highly esteemed for intelligence and 
personal accomplishments. In her maiden days, I often 
admired her rich golden tresses, her blonde complexion, 
her confiding heiirt, and modest deportment. Ch: 

1. TarcUe L. CockrcU, b. Feb. 3, 1873; m'd Oct. 20, 1892, 

Richard Mitchell, b. Sept. 3, 1863. They have one 
child: [«] Richard M. (ii), b. Aug. 10, 1893. 

2. Thos. M. CocJcreU, b. Oct. 10, 1875. 

Immediately after the death of Mr. J. M. Cockrell, his 
widow, Annie, removed into Platte City, and here she mar- 
ried, April 11, 1893, Hon. W. C. Wells, and was divorced 
in 1895. 
IV. ELLA COCKRELL, m'd David Hunt (ii). (See.) 
V. EMMA COCKRELL, m'd June 7, 1870, Hon. J. T. Baldwin, 
and they removed to Butte City, Mont. He is the only 
child of' the late Jas. H. Baldwin. (See.) Emma was a 
lovely child. She lived at my house twelve months, attend- 
ing Daughters' College, In amiability of character and 
purity of thought I have seldom seen her equal. She has 
several children. 
The 2,700 Missourians are at Franklin, Kansas, under Atch- 
ison, Stringfellow, and Keid. Gov. Geary, under escort of Gen. 
Cook, visits the camp, and, after speeches from the leaders of both 
parties, the Missourians return home, and are disbanded. They 
are called ''Border Ruffians," and the Free State guerrillas are 
called ''Red-legs'' and "Jayhawkers." 


Sept. 18 — Matthew Kyle died. He married Elizabeth Burruss, 
born in 1803; died April 16, 1880. They came to Platte in 1837. 


n. Wn.LIAM KYLE, b. March 30, 1837; m'd Feb. 13, 1873, 
Malinda Kruser, b. April 21, 1846. He was educated at 
Pleasant Ridge Academy; and to a sn]>erior natural mind 
has added the results of extensive reading and systematic 
studv. Ch: 

1856, SEPT. 220 THE SKINNERS. 

1. Wm. H. Kyle, b. Dec. 10, 1874. 

2. Mavt/ E. Kyle, b. Feb. 26, 1876. 

3. TJws. W. Kyle, b. May 28, 1877. 

4. Charles, b. Oct. 25, 1878. 5. Nellie, b. Sept. 12, 1881. 
6. Eugene, b. Nov. 4, 1883. 7. %&er^, b. April 16, 1885. 

8. Kruser K., b. Dec. 25, 1887. 

9. Leavenworth, b. Aug. 22, 1889. 


IV. G-EO. W. KYLE, b. Dec. 16, 1847; m'd 1st, in 1871, Mary Hord. 

dr. of Anderson. She d. August 3, 1881. Ch : 

1. Irivin. 2. Alfred. 3. Addie. 

Geo. W. Kyle m'd 2d, Oct. 8, 1883, Sallie Dougherty, dr. of 
Wm. H. H. She has 1 child: 

4. William Kyle. 

Sept. 20— Bv. A. T. Guthrie buys of J. N. Bradley Lot 5, Block 
31, Platte City, at $1,350. 


Sept. 21 — Phinehas Skinner haAdng died, K. M. Woods (i) and 
Mrs. Polly Skinner administered. Bond, |200,000. Phinehas 
Skinner, son of Cornelius Skinner, of Virginia, was born in Clark 
County, Ky., July 28, 1801; died at Elk City, Kansas, August 21, 
1856. His mother was Jane Carr, born July 30, 1769, in Loudoun 
County, Virginia. Mr. Skinner married Nov. 28, 1822, Polly Pat- 
ton, daughter of Wm. and Sally Patton, of Tennessee. She was 
born in 1805. They came to Boone County, Mo., in 1838, and 
thence to Platte in the autumn of 1840, and settled two miles 
east of Camden Point. Mr. Skinner was a large and handsome 
gentleman, of sound judgment and successful enterprise. He 
built a fine mill upon Platte River, and a spacious brick homestead 
for the family; purchaed 2,000 acres of our best land, established 
stores at Elk City, Kansas, and at Ringold, near his home, and, uf) 
to the time of his death, he was the largest operator, and paid out 
moi'p money than any one else, in the county. He was one of the 
original projectors of Camden Point Academy, and had large 
tracts of land in many counties in northern Missouri. His chil- 
dren, after his death, partitioned |150,000 worth of land, besides 
an immense amount of money and personal property. Mrs. Skin- 
ner was a large-bodied and large-hearted, hospitable old lady. 
She was a splendid manager and a valuable assistant to her hus- 
]>nnfl. She survived him; and, after living a few years at the 
lunnfsU'iul, divided lior lands among hei- children, and retired to 
Kansas City, where she died April 20, 1878. She was brought 
homo and buried beside lier husband. Cli : 

L JANE CARR SKINNER, b. Aug. 18, 1824. She possessed 
supoi-ior business qualifirations, and did valuable service 
in aiding her parents in business. She now lives a retired 


life, with lier sisters, in Kansas City. For Iwentj^ years a 
cloud has veiled her intellect. 
n, SALLIE SKIXXKMI, b. Dec. 1, 182(5; m'd Oct. 25, 1842, Kemp 
M. ^Voods (i), a wealthy farmer and operator in Clay, Mr. 
W()(m1s married a second wife, and d. 'Mai'ch !), 18!»7. Mrs. 
Salli(' Woods d. May 2:5, 1 S47. Ch : 

1. J'JiiiiclKis Woods. kiUed in the war; single. 

2. Kemp M. Woods (ii). b. May 20, 1847; m'd Oct. 24, 1876, 

Lettie M. Wiggleworth. He lives in Liberty, and 
rents out his real estate in Platte and Clay. He is 
an excellent manager, and a successful financier. 
Oh: [«] Phinehas; [''j Florence; [c] William W. 
in. MARY A. SKINNER, b. Oct. 2, 1828; m'd July 15, 1847, Col. 

Jas. N. Burnes. (See.) 
IV. ADALINE SKINNER, b. Sept. 27, 1834; d. single, July 
18, 1874. 
V. EMILY SKINNER, b. June 14, 183G; d. Nov. 29, 1896; m'd 
March 19, 1856, William E. Croysdale, a merchant, who 
now lives at Kansas City, Mo. Ch : 

1. James. 2. Fannie Croysdale. 3. William A. 

4. David. 5. Margaret. 6. Ad die. 
7. PhineJias Croysdale. 

VL PHINEHAS SKINNER (ii), b. Feb. 11, 1838; m'd May 6, 1861, 
Bettie Perrin, dr. of W. F. He is a wealthy and enterprising 
farmer, residing near Camden Point. Ch: 

1. William P. Skinner, b. Sept. 15, 1862; m'd Sept. 11, 

1888, Cassie Farra, dr. of R. M. He possesses good 
judgment, energy, and enterprise. Ch: [^] Lizzie 
May Skinner; [^] Ruby. 

2. Mary Skinner, m'd Juiie 27, 1887, B. F. Whiteley. 


3. Adda Skinner (ii). 4, Phinelias (iii), m'd Alice Jones. 

5. Jane Skinner. 6. Perrin. 7. Aziihah. 8. James B. 
Vn. MARGARET SKINNER, b. Jan. 15, 1840; m'd Dec. 7, 1865, 

Wm. A. Vaughn, a merchant of Kansas City, Mo. Ch : 
1. Marquerette. 2 and 3. William and Car)- (twins). 
Vin. AZUBAli SKINNER, b. July 21, 1844; m'd Nov. 21, 1866, 
Lewis Georgen, a lawyer and editor, of Weston. Ch: 
1. John Georf/en, a rising young lawyer of Kansas City. 
He is a partner of H. N. Ess, and has the talent requi- 
site for success. 
TX. FANNIE SKINNER, b. Dec. 3, 1846; d. Oct. 13, 1873, child- 
less; m'd Dec. 10. 1872, Hon. IT. N. Ess, of Kansas City, an 
eminent lawver and statesman. 
X. JAMES P. SKINNER, b. Oct. 19, 1848; m'd Feb. 17, 1874, 
Amanda Ella Miller, dr. of Peter E. He is a successful 
farmer, and resides at the old homestead. Ch: 
1. Fannie n. Skinner, b. Nov. 16, 1874. 

1856, SEPT. 222 THE ELECTION. 

2. Amelia, b. Jan. 24, 1877. 3. Lulie May, b. May 15, 1883. 

Sept. 27 — Eliez^er Wilhite buys property in Block N, Weston, 
for a flouring mill. 



Nov. 1 — The Presidential vote of Platte County: Buchanan, 
1,263 votes; Fillmore, 1,044; Buchanan received 174 electoral 
votes and Fremont 114. 

The State gave Buchanan 58,164; the full vote, 1,838,109. 
Fillmore's vote, State, 48,524; full vote, 874,534. 

The Democrats, in rejoicing over the election of Buchanan, 
illuminated Platte City and fired a cannon (''Old Sacramento") on 
Marshall's Hill. As Chris. Geyer was ramming a load down, it 
went off, blowing both his arms away. He suffered a thousand 
deaths. He became a tax on the county, until we set him up in 
the confectionery business; and August 19, 1857, he married 
Mary Blanton. His daughter. Elizabeth, married, first, Cornells, 
second, Jesse Calvert. 


Nov. 4 — "After an extended tour of observation, and being 
iv-Wy satisfied that the benign influences of peace reign throughout 
Kansas, in concurrence with general custom, and my own feelings, 
I hereby speciallj'^ set apart the 20th day of November to be ob- 
served by all the good citizens of this Territory as a day of general 
thanksgiving and praise to Almighty God for the blessings 
vouchsafed to us as a people. Given, etc. 

"John W. Geary, Gov." 

Nov. 11 — L. M. Lawson enrolled as an attorney. He was edu- 
cated at William Jewell College, and was a. youth of brilliance. 
He practiced law at Platte City, removed to Weston, and be- 
came a partner of Col. John Doniphan. He married Miss Thorn- 
ton, a sister of Doniphan's wife. After the war. he went to St. 
Joseph, built the railroad from Richmond to St. Joseph, and be- 
came wealthy; went to New York, established the large banking 
house of Donnell, Lawson & Co., and lost nearly every thing in 
a few years. 

Nov. 21 — Governor Geary of Kansas disbands the State 


T)ee. 1 — Abner B. HatlKUvay liaving died. Elvina Hathaway 
administers. Bond, .fl 5,000. 

The town of Qnindaro founded by Gov. Robinson and others. 
Tin- l\;ii)s;is lidc is 1 nrning towards freedom. 

1856, DEC. 223 W. S. MURPHY. 

Dec. 6 — Jolin Sullivan having died, Emily Sullivan admin 
isters. Bond, |2,000. 

The Missouri River has been frozen over for a month. Ex- 
tremely cold weather. 


Dec. 18 — W. S. Murphy died at Weston. He raised thi- 
tirst company in the county for the Mexican War; became an enter- 
prisinjj^ trader on the plains and a merchant at Weston. Geo. W. 
Kelt administered. IJond, .|1 0,000. He was born July 14, 1814. 
He married, first, September 10, 18.39, Nancy Jones. He married, 
second, April 20, 1848, Aletia Burch. He was a brother of Joseph 
Murphy, commissioner of our court-house erected after the war. 
He was handsome, intelligent, and full of energv and courage, 
(^h: 1, John C. Murphy; 2, Merrill O. Murphy. 

Free State men are encon raged by the situation in Kansas, 
and are speculating largely in townsites. They buy the stock of 
the Delaware Town Company, at an enormous sum, and start a 
system of improvements which were never finished. Our fellow- 
citizen, Philip Lutes, sold his stock for some $10,000, and might 
have been independent for life, but became so excited that he in- 
vested the whole in the same stock at double price. The stock 
became a failure. 


Dec. 2S — Thos. J. Wilkerson having died near Ridgely, Wm. 
H. Lott administers. Bond, |20,000. His will is dated November 
5, 185G, and j)robated December 1, 1850. His children by his first 
wife: 1, Ben. F. Wilkerson; 2, Wm. Y.; 3. Thos J.; 4, John, who 
married January 7, 1858. Nancy D. Throckmorton. By his second 
wife, Jemima: 5, Henry Wilkerson; 6, George; 7, Mary; 8, Cath- 
erine. Mrs. Jemima Wilkerson nmrried. 2d, Harrison Sale. 


James H. Hancock having died, his will, dated December 8, 
1856, is probated January 5, 1857. He names children: 1, Mary 
Jane Hancock ; 2, Lewis C. 

1857, JAN. 224 OFFICERS. 



Governor, Truston Polk, succeeded by Hancock Jackson;; 
Congressman, Jas. Craig; State Senator, A. M. Robinson, suc- 
ceeded by Jesse Morin; Representatives, E. P. Duncan, C, A. 
Perry, John Wilson; Circuit Clerk, W. C. Remington; Circuit 
Judge. E. H. Norton; Sheriff, W. H. Spratt; County Justices, J. 
F. Broadhurst, S. M. Hays, J. H. Layton; County Clerk, D. P. 
Lewis; Probate Judge, J. G. Spratt; Public Administrator, W. 
C. Baker; Assessor, Jas. Stone, Sr.; School Commissioner, H. C. 
Cockrell; Circuit Attorney, J. M, Basset; Surveyor, Jas. S. Owens; 
Treasurer, H. J. Freeland; County Attorney, J. E. Merryman. 


At Platte City: Attorneys — Almond, Baker, Clark, Herndon, 
Lawson, Merryman, Pitt, Smith, Spratt, Tebbs, Wilson. 

Physicians — Baldwin, Brown, Eastman, Hale, Guthrie, Mar- 
shall, Redman, Wallace, Walling. 

Merchants — Almond, Paxton & Owen, Beauchamp, Bry- 
ant, Waller & Co., Carnahan, Dimmitt, Ferrier, Fleshman, Fox, 
Henning, Hettish, Jenkins, Johnston & Son, S. Johnston, D. S. 
Kimse3' (postmasterj, Marshall & Burge, Murray & Freeland, 
Magers, Oswold, Swaney & Christison, Tipton, Woolfolk, Wilson, 

Preachers — Owen, Baptist; Woodward, Presbyterian, 

Lodge— Platte, No. 56, A. F. & A. M., Wm. A. Fox, W. M. ; Wm. 
M. Paxton, Sec. 

At Weston: Attorneys — Abel & Stringfellow, Bird, Branch, 
Burnes, Doniphan. Franklin, Ramage, McCurdv, Diefendorf, 
Sayle, Wolf, Carroll. 

Physicians — Bonifant, Bowers, Bowlby, Eariokson, Hinson, 
]\Iiller, Gray, Griswold, Stiles. 

Merchants — Blanjour, Briggs, Branham & Norris, Burnes & 
Bros., Basye, Conwell & Spencer, Colman, Collier & Rockwell, 
Davis, Deitz. Doppler. Guenther, Halyard & Earickson, Heriot, 
Harper & Davidson, Kaufman, Knndson, Meyers. ]\[iller, Mitchell, 
Maxfield, ]\rrrv>wn, Mettier, Newman, Noble, Parrott, Perrys & 
Young, Kiiilcys, Shannon, Snell, Turner, Vinevard & Williams, 
Warner, Walker, "Washburn & Wells, ^^'ood. Wren. 

Weston Court of Common Pleas — ^fcCurdy judge. 

At ParJn-illr: Clongh, :\rf'Dniiiild, ^Miller! Arnold, Burnes, 
Clardy, Beeding, Ford & Ashbv. Davis, Bneueniau. Ringo, Stod 
dart, Woodw;ii-d. Wnndsmall. Snmuiers. 

At Canifhn Point: Dr. E. McD. Coffev, B. F. Flack, Thomas 
Hale & Son, A. Rped & Son, Dr. T. L. Thomns. 

1857, JAN. 225 PROF. H. B. TODD. 

At Fallen : Dr. V. .M. .loliiison, Slilos & Co., Zabrisky & 

At New Market: Armstrong, Bishop, rartwiight, Tufts, and 

At Ridgclij: Deatlo.y & Co., Ellinoton & ( llovor. 

Neu\'ii)apcrs — AA'eston WcrkJi/ Ar</i(f<, L. A. and W. F. Wisi'ley 
editors, 8 columns, 22 inches, 4 pages. Democratic. 

Platte City Wcckli/ Atla.<^, Ethan Allen editor, 7 columns, 22 
inches, 4 pages, commenced April 4, 1857, Democratic. 

Parkville Conner, F. M. McDonald editor. 

Weston Reporter, S. J. Finch editor. Whig. 

Prices — Apples, |2; butter, 20 cents; corn, .'^5 cents; eggs, 
15 cents; flonr, |8; hem]), 15; hogs, |5; lard, |0; sugar, $12; 
wheat, 90 cents; whisk}-, 50 cents. 

It is now necessary to have a. petition of a majority from the 
township to obtain a dram-shop license. 

This is the year of the great financial panic, and the issue of 

Elm Grove Meeting-house built this year. 

Starnes sells to F. ^l. ^McDonald his interest in the Parkville 
Courier, and it continues until 18f)2. 

The Know-nothings are starting. 


Jan. 1 — After two years' business, the mercantile house of 
Almond, Paxton & Co. sell their stock to H. B. Callahan, who re- 
moves the goods to Leavenworth, having sold his interest in the 
mill to M. N, Owen; and Almond, Paxton & Owen continue to run 
the water mill. 

Leavenworth is booming — has 4 hotels and 2 newspapers. 
Wyandotte has 4 houses. Kansas City has 500 people. The Mis- 
souri Pacific Railroad has reached Jefferson City. The following 
steamers advertise weekly trips to St. Joseph: Tsfew Lucy, 
Tropic, Polar Star, Catmract, F. X. Auhrey, and Australia. 


Prof. H. B. Todd, haying determined to leave Camden Point 
Female Academy, offers to come to Platte City, if the people will 
build him a good academy. A subscription is started, and the 
following list embraces the principal contributors, and the sums 
paid : W. M. Paxton, .f GOO ; ( Minton Cockrill and W. K. Faulconer, 
$500 each; Wm. B. Almond and D. Hunt, $250 each; R. P. S. Elley, 
L. Fleshman, W. A. Fox, R. Johnston, R. D. Johnston, W. C. Rem- 
ington, W. H. Spratt, Hugh Rwaney, aud H. B. Wallace, $200 eaxih; 
J. W. Chrisly, Martha Cockrill, James Swanev, and John Wilson, 
$150 each; J. R. Burckhartt, J. Beery, D. Cary, John (Collins, H. 
Conley, H. J. Freeland, Jas. E. Frost, R. Mat. Johnston, Malinda 
Green, S. M. Hays, A. W. Henning, D. Hunt, Jr., H. Jenkins, D. 

1857, JAN. 226 JOHN LEWIS. 

Jenkins, M. C. Johnston, J. M, Moore, Jesse Morin, John Morrison. 
M. N. Owen, W. B. Smith, C. F. Spencer, Jos. Todd, And. Tribble, 
H. Waller, N. E. Wilkinson, and John Winston, |100 each; in all 
amounting to |6,050; but smaller subscriptions ran the sum con- 
tributed up to 110,000. 


John Lewis having died, James Osborn administers. Bond, 
|1,000. He came to Platte in 1837, and settled on the edge of the 
prairie east of Platte City and entered 320 acres of splendid land. 
This land he sold, and came to Platte City; became partner of R. 
D. Johnston in the mercantile business; took the contract to build 
the first jail, and continued an enterprising but unsuccessful life. 
When he died, his fortune was greatly reduced. Ch : 
L PHOEBE LEWIS, m'd Isaac House, a prosperous citizen of 
Platte; removed to Kansas, and died in a poor-house March 
10, 1893, aged 80. 
11. XAXCY LEWIS, m'd James Osborn, a merchant of Wesion, 
who died impoverished, and his mother, having no means of 
support, died in our poor-house. 
in. SARAH J. LEWIS, m'd a Lewis. 

IV. MARY ANN LEWIS, m'd John Huntington. He went to the 

Mexican War, was wounded July 9, 1817, at the battle of 

Cienega, and then disappears from our knowledge. He 

was a roustabout at Platte Citv prior to the Mexican War. 

y. EDMOND LEWIS, m'd Marv Baker, and d. in August, 1848. 

VL SERENA LEWIS, m'd William Lewis. 

Vn. LEYINA LEWIS, m'd May 12, 1842, Alex. Baker, and left 
7 children. 
I think the family of John Lewis is extinct in Platte County. 
Price Stark buys of J. W. Forbis a farm, at |7,750, near 
Camden Point. 

C. F. Spencer buj's of W. J. Norris a farm, embracing the site 
of Tracy, for |13,500. 

Jan. 12 — The Pro-slavery Legislature of Kansas met at Le- 
compton. The laws passed were favorable to slavery, and were 
vetoed by the governor; but the Legislature, being wholly Pro- 
slavery, passed the laws over his veto. The Legislature adjourned 
February' 27. LSr)7. 

Governor Truston Polk is elected by the Missouri Legislature 
I'nited State Senator. He resigns as governor, and Hancock 
Jackson, lieutenant-governor, succeeds until R. M. Stewart is 
elected in August, 1857, by the people. 

Senator D. R. Atchison removes from Platte City to his farm 
in Clinton County. 

■Jan. 2.) — Geoi-ge T. Nny]«>i- liaving died, Ignatius Naylor ad- 
ministers. Bond. ^3,000. 

1857, JAN. 227 THE NAYLORS. 


Paul Naylor married Mary Ann Harrin^ou, in Ratli Co., Ky. 
She was a daiijiliter of Jolin Tlarrington. Three of their sons and 
two of their dauj>hters came to IMatte in 1843 and 1848, and settled 
north of Parkville. 


Was b. in JJatli Co., Ky., in 1804; d. in IMatte Jan. :U, 1876. He 
m'd 1st, Susan Kerns, dr. of Tilman. Mr. Naylor was a prosperous 
farmer, and was tall and brawny. From some affection of the 
spine, he carried his head turned to one shoulder. At the time 
of his death, he had 16 living children. Those who reached 
mature age are: 

I. WILLIAM P. NAYLOR, d. June 0, 189.3; m'd May 15, 1860, 
Jane Martin, dr. of Bright. He was a man of sound judg- 
ment, and his name was frequently suggested for county 
justice. Oh: 

l'. Andrew J. Naylor. 

2. W. Paul Nayior (ii), b. Sept. 7, 1867; m'd Feb. 27, 1893, 

Jettie Baker, dr. of James. 

3. Yirginia C. (Puss) Naylor. 

n. CAROLINE NAYLOR, m'd J. M. Vice, and lived in Kentucky. 
in. FRANCIS MARION NAYLOR, m'd Sarah A. West, and lives 

in Daviess County. 
IV. NANCY NAYLOR, dead; m'd Garret Hendricks. Ch: 

1. John Hendricks, m'd Louisa Branham, dr. of John. 

2. Geo. Hendricks, m'd Mary Kerns. 

3. Thomas Hendricks, m'd a Spratt, di'. of Wm. Spratt. 

4. Elsey Hendricks, single, 

V. PAUL NAYLOR, m'd Feb. 12, 1857, Marv E. Hayes, b. Julv 
22, 1839 ; d. March 17, 1882. 

1. Susan Naylor, m'd Larkin Simpson. 

2. Martha Naylor. m'd Dec. 1, 1890, Fred Sellman. 
."{. Lererui. 4. Delia. 5. Maggie. 

6. Tell, m'd Jas. Babcock. 

Vl. TILMAN NAYLOR, m'd April 7, 1853, Reb. J. Elkins. Ch: 
1. Albert Naylor, single. 2. Mary A., m'd Rafe Babcock. 

3. Caroline Naylor, m'd Wm. Boggs. 

4. Sallie, m'd Sept. 6, 1881, J. M. Powell. 

5. Rose, m'd Dec. 3, 1882, Ilenrv Young. 6. Ella. 

7. Dora Naylor, m'd Feb. 28, 1884, Robt. Closky. 

S. [gnat ills Naylor (iii), m'd Oct. 12, 1879, Lou Brown. 

She died, and Ignatius m'd 2d, April 16, 1894, Alice 

H. Nesbit. 
9. Edward Nat/lor, single. 10. Wm. D. Naylor. 

11. Annie Nai/lor, m'd Oct. 24, 1894, Jos. W.' Atkinson. 

12. Chas. Naylor. 13. Belle Naylor. 

1857, JAN. 228 THE NAYLORS. 

Ignatius Naylor (i), m'd 2d, Polly R. Smith, dr. of Abner R, 
Children : 

Vn. WESLEY NAYLOR, b. March 15, 1835; m'd April 3, 1856, 
Jose Elkins, sister of Reb. J. Ch : 

1. Flora Naylor, b. Jan. 12, 1858; m'd Jan. 7, 1875, Mid. 

R. Babcock, son of Richard. (See.) 

2. Jos. S. Naijlor, m'd Jan. 12, 1879, Sarah Smith. Ch : 

[«] John Naylor; [&] Belva; [t] Rudolph; [<?] Tul- 
lie; [^] Grace Naylor. 

3. Perry Naylor, b. May 22, 1861 ; m'd 1st. Laura Lanter, 

dead. Ch: [«] Robert. Perry m'd 2d, April 29, 
1881, Bettie Higgins, dr. of Berry. Ch: [b] Clara 
Naylor; [c] Maggie; [^] Ethel. 

4. Tullie Naylor, m'd April 1, 1882, John Thomas. Ch : 

[«] Chester Thomas; [^] Emma Thomas. 

5. Mary J. Naylor, m'd July 26, 1886, John L. Brightwell, 

son of Wm. P., b. Dec. 8, 1863. Ch : [''] Floy. 

6. Emma Naylor. 7. Katie F. 

Vni. ALF. G. NAYLOR (ii), d. in Kansas Jan. 25, 1893. He m'd 
Lucy Ann Harrington, dr. of Elisha; 11 children. 

IX. JOSEPHINE (Amey), dead; m'd Jas. Morris; 6 children; live 
in Kansas. 
X. ELIZABETH NAYLOR, dead; m'd 1st, Obe Timberlake. 
(See.) She m'd 2d, Whitman Snedagar, 

XL ABNER B. NAYLOR, b. Aug. 11, 1810; m'd Jan. 23, 1862, 
Elizabeth H. Brink, dr. of A. J. Brink. He is a man of 
ability and a Mason of high order. He served under Col. 
Jas. A. Price in the 82d M. S. M. 

1. Andrew J. Naylor, m'd Feb. 6. 1884. Mary E. Ellis, dr. 

of B. F. ; 2 children. 

2. Mary E. Naylor, m'd Aug. 1, 1881, Chas. W. Babcock; 

3 children. 

3. Alva Wm. Naylor, m'd Nov. 11, 1894, Flora Grav, dr. 

ofH. H. 

4. Chester Ira Naylor. 

Xn. MARGARET NAYLOR, dead; m'd Robt. Ellis, son of Doctor. 
Xni. IRA A. T. NAYLOR, m'd March 25, 1878, Mattie A. Brown, 

dr. of A. G. Ch: 

1. Jesse. 2. Ada. 3. Mat'k. 4. Wilson. 
XIV. JOHN S. NAYLOR, b. Dec. 1, 1848, in Bath Co.. Ky.; m'd 1st, 

Jan. 8, 1870, Verlinda Myers, who was b. in Bath Co., Ky., 

Jan. 24, 1849; d. in Platte Jan. 8. 1883; a dr. of Hiram Myers. 

John S. Naylor m'd 2d, March 19. 1884, in Kansas. Delia 

Underwood. Children by first wife: 

1. Marion Naylor. 
Children by second wife : 

2. Yirgil. 3. Nolle. 4. ArveJ. 5. Temple. 

John S Naylor is a man of repute, and is a member of 
Compass Masonic Lodge, No. 120, of Parkville. 

1857, JAN. • 229 THE NAYLORS. 

XV. ISAAC NEWTON NAYLOR, m'd Dec. IS, 1873, Annie P. 
Closky. Oh: 

1. ivy. "1. Minnie. 3. ^Varren. 


Was b. in r.ath Co., Ky., Feb. 28, 180G; d. Jan. 10, 1857; m'd in 
Kentucky, in 1832, Mary Ann Jones, dr. of John, b. in 1815; d. in 
Jan., 1878. Ch: 

I. THOMAS O. NAYLOR, b. in Kentucky July 29, 1833; m'd in 
Platte Aug. 20, 1852, Theresa A. Nash. Ch : 

1. Mary E., dead; m'd Nov. 23, 1871, Lewis Meritt, who d. 

in Nov., 1882. Ch: [«] Virginia L., m'd Charles 
Morgan. 1 child: [i] Thos. Morgan. [^] Mary E. 

2. Alice Naylor. 

Mr. Thos. O. Naylor m'd 2d, May 14, 1888, Mary Woods, 
n6e Schofield. They reside near Woodruff. 
IL CARLISLE NAY^LOR, b. in Aug., 1835; m'd Aug. 20, 1857, 
Reb. J. Creason, who d. in Dec, 1885. She was a dr. of 
Rowena Creason. Ch : 

1. Allen Nayloi\ m'd Ella Kern, dr. of Dan'l; d. in 1881. 

2. Susan A., m'd Dec. 3, 1884, Robt. D. Allen. Live in 

Oklahoma Territory. 

3. Thomas C. Xayloi\ m'd Dec, 22, 1886, Ella M, Beckley, 

dr. of Adam. Live in Howell Co., Mo. 

4. Paul Naylor, b. March 21, 1808; is attending Park Col- 

lege, at Parkville. 

5. Ulat'if (Mamie), b. Nov. 8, 187(1, attending Park College, 
fi. Grai/son A., b. Aug. 15, 1878. 

7. Chas. C. Naylor, b. July 7, 1881. 
in. NORTHCUT NAYLOR, m'd Sarah E. McGachegar. (See.) 
IV. IGNATIUS NAY^LOR (iii), b. in June, 1840; killed by Stephen 
V. GEO. W. NAYLOR, b. Dec. 0, 1843; single and social. 
VI. SUSAN F. NAYLOR, b. Oct. 7, 1849; m'd Dec. 24, 1870, Absa- 
lom H. Miller, b. in Ohio Jan. 31, 1847. He served a bril- 
liant career in the Federal army, throughout the Civil War. 
In 1868 he came west, and settled north of Parkville. Ch: 
1. Geo. M. Miller. 2. James T. 3. William T. 
4. Jaeol) S. 5. Roy. 6. Mollie. 7. Elmer. 8. Clarence. 
9. M7(c7, b. in Aug.,'l892. 


Was b. in Bath Co., Ky., about 1810; d. in Kansas in 1893; m'd 
Lucv Hughes. Ch: 

L"^ JAMES A. NAYLOR, b. Jan. 30, 1838 in Bath Co., Kv.; m'd 
Feb. 21, 1860, Sarah C. Carbaugh, b. March 25, 1843; d. Sept 

1857, JAN. 230 THE NAYLORS. 

IG, 1893, A man of abilit}' and standing. He removed to 
California in 1888, ajid returned after his wife's death. Oh : 
1. Elfrida. 2. Randall. 
Alf. G. Naylor, after the death of his first wife, m'd Feb. 26, 
1874, Eliza Martin; no children. 


\Yas b. in Bath Co., Ky., April 16, 1802; d. in 1888; m'd in Bath 
Co, Hayden Thatcher, a soldier of the War of 1812. He died in 
Kentucky, and she came with her children to Platte, Ch : 
I. LUTHER C. THATCHER, m'd Malinda E. Owens. (See.) 
IL lONATIUS THATCHER, m'd Mary Brink, dr. of John, 
in. RACHEL THATCHER, m'd John Arnold. Live in Lynn 

Co., Mo. 
lY. ROBERTA THATCHER, m'd 1st, a Hopkins. She m'd 2d, 
John Owens. (See.) 

Y JOS. THATCHER, m'd Edna Owens. 
YL JOHN T., in California. 


Married Hiram Myers. Ch: 

L LEHAZA m'yERS, m'd Lankford Owens, son of Y^ebster. 
n. MATILDA MYERS, m'd Cornelius Nash, d. in Nov, 1865. Ch : 

1. Henry Nash, m'd Mahoney. 2. Chas. Nash. 

IIL ALFRED MYERS, m'd Feb. 20, 1859, Nancy Nash (cousin of 

Cornelius). Live in Kansas, 
lY. PAUL MYERS, b. March 1, 1839; m'd in Sept., 1861, Ann 
Perkins, dr. of John. 

1. Georgiana Myers, m'd Jas. Smith, son of Y^ash. Ch: 

[«] Augustus Smith; [^] Reymond. Live in Lex- 
ington, Mo. 

2. John W. Myers, m'd Feb. 7, 1889. Elvira Shield. 1 

child: [«] Stillings. 

3. Mary J. 4. Hiram. 5. Ahncr T. 

Y ELIZABETH MYERS, m'd Jos. Nash (brother of Cornelius). 

1 child: 

1. William R. 
\1. ANN MYERS, m'd .John Naylor, son of Ignatius. Live in 

Yn. FANNIE MYERS, lives in Kansas. 


Jan. 2Ji — John Doss having died, D. P. Y^allingsford admin- 
isters. Bond, .f 50,000. He was a large merchant of Y^eston, and 
possessed of much land. His widow was Frances P. Doss, and his 

1857, JAN. 231 THE STONES. 

I. KATP] DOSS, m"d James Doiiiitluui (see), judge of the Weston 
Court of Common I'leas. 



V. MABEL DOSS, nvd a Boiler. 

James Stone (i) having died, Thos. F. Stone, his sou, admin- 
istered. Bond, 10,000. 


The Stones came to Kentucky from Wales, by way of Mary- 
land. KEZIAH STONE, in liourbon Co., Ky., m'd Sarah Watt, 
and their son, ELIJAH STONE, was the in-ogenitor of the Stone 
family of Platte. He m'd Eliza W. Foster, and died in 1822 in 
Kentuck}'. Ch: 

I. THOMAS F. STONE, b. Jan. 1, 1821; d. May 21, 1890; m'd 
May 31, 1847, Mary Ann Flannegan. He came to Platte the 
same 3'ear, and successfully engaged in stock-raising and 
farming. He was at one time president of the county fair. 
Children : 

1. Elijah F. ^tnnc, an attorney of St, Louis. He is mar- 

ried and is father of 5 children. 

2. Walter K. Stone, of Jefferson Co., Kansas, m'd Sept. 30, 

1878, Laura Gabbert, dr. of Jas. I. (See.) 

3. Willknn H., of Denver, Colo. 

4. David T. Stone, of Colorado, nvd a Baker. 

5. Thomas F. 0. Kate Stone. 

IL AGNES STONE, m'd a Watt, in Kentuckv. 

]IL HOWARD STONE, lived in Kentuckv. 

IV. JAMES A. STONE, m'd ^Nlary A. Haggard. He died Jan. 
24, 1857, and she July 12, 1880. He was elected assessor in 
August, 1850, and was in office at the time of his death. He 
was highly esteemed as a Mason and as a citizen. The 
family are zealous Baptists. Ch: 

1. Sarah J. Stone, m'd a Prewitt. 

2. EUzaheth Stone, m'd Capt. John A. White. He was an 

early merchant of Platte Countv, and represented 
the county in 1842-3. 

3. James A. Stone, b. April 27, 1830: was a cripple and 

never married. He was assessor of the county sev- 
eral terms; but when it became his duty to assess 
lands by their numbers, his books were rejected, and 
his office declai'f'd vacant. 

4. John Stone. 

5. Man/ A., m'd Feb. 5, 1801, D. F. Brubeck. 
0. Edirard L. Sto)ie. 

7. CindereUa, m'd Feb. 1<), 1852, Wm. H. Corbin, b. in 

Kentucky Sept. 8, 1830. Live in Clay. 

8. Agnes. 

1857, JAN. 232 DR. B. F. MOORE. 

V. FANNIE STONE, m'd McYicker, in Kentucky. 
VI. SARAH STONE, b. April 3, 1803; m'd Wm. J. Norris, for 
many years a wealthy speculator and money-loaner in 
Platte ; removed to Topeka, Kansas, and died there. Ch : 

1. Howard Norris. 

2. Capt. Chas. B. Norris, a merchant of Platte City and of 

Weston. He raised a Confederate company, and 
was one of the first to reach the front. He now lives 
at Westport, devoting his surplus to science. 

3. Martlia Victoria Norris, m'd 1st, Feb. 15, 1855, John B. 

Camp. After his death, she became the second wife 
of Jeff. J. Park. (See.) 
William J. Norris m'd 2d, Jan. 1, 1858, Ange M. Perry. 


Jan. 25 — Dr. B. F. Moore locates at Parkville, and there is 
still his home. He graduated in 1855, at Louisville Medical 
School. He w^as born in Fayette County, Ky., Feb. 1, 1830, being a 
son of Peter Moore, a gallant soldier of the Revolution. He mar- 
ried in March, 1858, Hettie A. Beauchamp. Ch: 1, Kate Moore, 
m'd Thos. Ashby ; 2, Mary E., m'd George Johnson ; 3, William P. 


jTeJ), ly — The county court appoints Jos. E, Merryman county 
attorney, and John Swaney assessor, in place of James Stone (i), 


p^})^ e — Washington Scott died near Barry. He was born in 
Bourbon County, Ky., December 18, 1812, the son of William 
Scott and Smith. He married April 23, 1835, Ruth Ann Dun- 
can, born June 25, 1816. They left Kentucky in October, 1837, and 
settled in Platte, ten miles east of Platte City, where Mr. Scott 
died. Children: 

I. MARY E. SCOTT, b. in Oct., 1830; m'd Alex. Breckenridge 
(his second wife), b. Dec. 25, 1829. Mr. Breckenridge's 
first wife was Nannie Winn, dr. of James. He is a worthy 
citizen of Edgerton, but without children. 
TTI. WASH. WADE SCOTT, b. Oct. 4, 1842; m'd Feb. 1. 1869, 
Annie Lott. dr. of William H. Ch : 

1. .\far!/ Scott. 2. Beatrice. 3. Harry. 4. Lmi. 
5. ^V alter Scott. 
IV. JAMES R. SCOTT, b. Feb. 25, 1848; m'd Rose Aker. Live 
in Clav; 8 children. 

1857, FEB. 233 N. FAULCOiN^ER. 

V. NANNIE SCOTT, b. Sept. :U). ls:^:l; m'd H. \V. Beerv, sou of 
Noah, b. in 183G. Ch: 

1. Albert IS. 2, Mollie. 8. Annie. 4. Calhoun. 

Feb. 11 — The ( lOvei'iiiiK'iit sells to the Leavenworth Town 
Company their site, for |L'4,()0(). 

Feb. 15 — A ladies' supper at Weston clears $250. 

Feb. 16 — The Parkville and G. R. K. R. Company incorporated. 

Feb. 20 — The ice in the Missouri is moving. 

A Platte Argus of this date is in my hands. 

Prof. William Dickey is now in charge of the male academy, 
or public school, at Platte City. 

Feb. 22— The Star of the West, a (lood Templars lodge, at 
Weston, celebrates Washington's birthday with an oration. 

Feb. 23 — Judge S. P. S. McCurdy's house, in Weston, burned, 
and E. Cody's books are consumed. 

The population of Leavenworth County, Kansas, is 5,529; of 
Atchison County, 2,807. 


Nelson Faulconer having died near Prairie Point, John R. 
Keller administered. He married twice. A daughter by his 
first wife married a Cravens, and died leaving: 1, Rebecca 
Cravens; 2, Eliza J., who m'd John R. Keller (see); 3, Thomas 
Cravens; 4, Elisha; 5, Andrew H. Cravens; (>, William; 7, Fan- 
nie. Wm. K. Faulconer was the only child of the second wife. 
He will be noticed. (See.) 


March Jf — Samuel Hardwicke enrolled as an attorney. 

Elm Grove United Baptist Church organized. 

John B. Linville having died. Rev. H. R. Smith administered. 
Bond, -fl.OOO. His widow was named Harriet, and they had one 
child, in Oregon. 

March 16 — Samuel Akin having died, John I'. Akin admin- 
istered. Pauline was his widow, and their children: 1, Emilv; 
2, Jas. W. Akin. 

The late decision by the United States Supreme Court, of the 
Dred Scott case, is creating much excitement. 

March 18 — H. J. Adams elected mayor of Leavenworth. The 
first Free State mayor elected. 

Geo .Helman buys of J. J. Deckelman property in Weston. 

March 26 — Governor Geary, of Kansas, having resigned, to 
take effect the 2()th, the a])pointment of Robert .7. Walker to the 
place is approved by the L'nited States Senate. 

A map of Platte County, on the scale of a mile to the inch, is 
published by Waters & Harding. 

1857, APRIL. 234 ETHAN ALLEN. 


April 4 — The Platte Cit}- Weckhj Atlas is issued by Ethan 
Allen, at |2 per year. His terms for advertisements are: A 
square of 12 lines, first time, |1; all subsequent insertions, half 
price each; administrator's notice, |2; final settlement notice, 
12.50; business card, |5; announcement of candidate, $3; obitu- 
aries, 50 cents per square. 

I have full files of the Atlas, and henceforth my data will be 
more reliable. 


Ethan Allen was descended from Gen. Ira Allen, brother of 
the illustrious Ethan Allen, who demanded the surrender of 
Ticonderoga "in the name of the great Jehovah and the Conti- 
nental Congress!" The father of Ethan Allen, Jr., was Anson 
Hall Allen, born July 7, 1806, and Marena Morehouse was his 
mother. Ethan was born in New York August 4, 1834 ; married 
September 20, 1857, Ann Rachel Musgrove, born March 27, 1838; 
died February 13, 1895. Mr. Allen's paper, the Atlas, was admir- 
ably conducted, and the literary talent of a large number of con- 
tributors puts to shame the party-ridden and sycophantic sheets 
of to-day. Poetry sparkled in every number, and the young and 
ambitious made something interesting, besides politics. Mr. 
Allen lives now at Lexington, Mo., and stands among the foremost 
in the State editorial f raternitv. Gh : 

L MARY ELIZ. ALLEN, b.'in Platte Citv Dec. 28, 1858. 

n. VERGILLA ALLEN, b. Mav 3, 1860. 
in. OLIVIA ALLEN, b. Nov. 14^ 1863. 
IV. FRANCES CORNELIA ALLEN, b. Sept. 1, 1866. 

V. ETHAN ALLEN (iii), b. Nov. 4, 1868. 
VL ANNIE ALLEN, b. June 26, 187L 


The Academy stockholders having chosen H. B. Todd, W. M. 
Paxton, and W. A. Fox a building committee, A. W. Henning 
takes the contract to build the Academy, at |15,000. 

Platte Git}- is on a boom — not a house to rent. 

H. Clay Cockrell is announced for probate judge. . 

A. W. Henning advertises for brick- and stone-masons. 

The Academy committee calls for one-half the subscriptions. 
The AcadfMiiy is to be finished by the first Monday in November, 
when it is to dedicated and opened. 

J. F. Pitts offers the reward of |100 each, for the capture and 
return of two runaway slaves. 

Sales of real estate: W. J. Norris to C. F. Spencer, 302 
acres, including Tracy, at |45 per acre, John Bane to J. W. 
Christy, 80 acres at .f40; and James A. Headley to Gen. Jefi'. Wil- 
liams, 160 acres at .f35. 



May /— TIk' Tax Hooks show l'.a51 polls; ;?,122 slaves, val- 
uable at 11,704,755. Coimtv revenue, .if;i9,540.44. Total assess- 
ment, 17,500,359. 


Total receijtts, |1."{,5()8; total expenses, |14,7()1'; county levy, 
1*5 cents; poll, 'Mk cents. Dram-shop license, fiiO. 

Objects of Expenditure. 

]iee Creek bridge -1? 1.5.00 

Couch bridge 124.00 

Bear Creek bridj^e 117.00 

Platte City bridge 85.00 

Rialto bridge 0.00 

Skinner's bridge 1,:U0.00 

Unity Chnrcli bridge 25.00 

Koads 544.00 

Road damages 800.00 


Assessor (Stone) .f 165.00 

County Attorney (Almond) 132.00 

Circuit Clerk (Remington) 710.00 

County- Clerk (Waggener) 588.00 

I^ewis 782.00 

Sheriff (Spratt) 1,054.00 

Treasurer (Freeland) 401.00 

School Commissioner (Cockrell) 200.00 

Judges (Broadhurst, Hays, and Layton) .... 407.00 


Court-house 410.00 

Criminal costs 221.00 

Elections ,307.00 

Jail .550.00 

Jurors 277.00 

Poor 1,881.00 

Stationery 381.00 

Loaned Weston 3,000.00 

Wood 119.00 

Sundries 58.00 

Total $14,702.00 

Man h — Wm. C. Baker is appointed }»ul)]ic administrator. 
Bond, 110,000. 

Dr. G. W. Bayless sells out and returns to the position of 
demonstrator of anatomy in tin' Louisville Medical School. 

May .^— John F. Marshall having died, Jane S. Marshall ad- 
ministers. Bond, .f 8,000. 

1857, MAY. 236 DAVID COUCH. 


David Couch having died April 11, 1857, William Couch ad- 
ministered. Bond, 115,000. David Couch was a worthy farmer, 
8 miles east of Platte City. His wife died before him. He left 
two sons : 

I. AYILLIAM M. COUCH, b. near Knoxville, Tenn., Dec. 24, 
1826; m'd April 1, 1851, Margaret Berry, dr. of Wm. C 
She was b. Dec. 29, 1829, and d. March 6, 1880. I knew Mrs. 
Couch in her maiden beauty and loveliness. She was the 
belle of the eastern half of Platte County. Mr. Couch went 
to Colorado, and accumulated a large fortune, which is still 
the property of his children. He was a man of generous 
spirit, and much beloved. He died in 1896, a widower, in 
Kansas City, Mo. His heirs own 1,000 acres of the best 
Platte lands. 

1. Joseph Couch, m'd Nov. 29, 1888, Laura Cox, dr. of J. 

M. Cox, They live near Linkville. 

2. Dora Couch, was well educated and charming. She 

m'd Oct. 29, 1874, Dr. J. C. Rogers, and died childless. 
?>. Bertie Couch, ni'd in Feb., 1897, Edw. L. Massie. 
II. JOSEPH COUCH, d. at Dallas, Texas, in 1859. He m'd Dec. 
2, 1847, Margaret C. Smith, who died leaving: 
1. WilUam 8. Couch. 2. E. D. Couch. 

3. Lettie Couch, m'd April 18, 1867, Ben. L. Lampton. 
Both died, leaving a daughter, Lola L. Lampton. 

David Couch served in the War of 1812 as a private in Capt. 
Chiles' company of Tennessee militia. 

May 7 — W. M. Paxton, one of the building committee for the 
Platte Citv Female Academy, reports expenditures, .$2,402.50; col- 
lections, 11,580.90. 

"ARGUS" OF xMAY 8, 1837. 

Blay 8 — Through the courtesy of J. B. Mundy, I have the 
Argus of this date (Vol. 13, Xo. .52), and find : 

Thos. F. Stone advertises a negro girl to be sold publicly. 

The Platte City Female Academy is to open November 10, 

A. C. Redman and C. G. Huffaker are principals of the Weston 
High School. 

The Weston & Canton R. R. is the subject of consideration of 
a public meeting at Platte City. Jesse Morin is president, and J. 
F. Wisek\v secretary; Lewis Ramage speaks; resolutions are 
adoj)ted; Clint. Cockrill, John Doniphan, David Hunt, S. P. S. 
McCurdy, Dr. J. M. Moore, S. Johnston. G. P. Dorriss, Judge Nor- 
ton, Dr. A. M. Robinson, C. A. Perry, and Joel C. Rockwell partici- 
pated in the meeting. 

Prices: Corn. GO cents; bacon, 13 cents; coffee, 15 cents; 
flour, 14 per sack; crushed sugar, 18 cents; hides, 14 cents; salt, 
f3 per sack; lard, 12 cents; nails, 6 cents. 

1857, MAY. 237 J. P. GEORGEN. 

King & Davis aimonnoe that thoy will issue, Ma}' 30th, the 
Key City CommcrcUiI, Whijjj weekly paper, at Weston. 

The Platte Mutual Insurance Company, .1. E. Walker presi- 
dent, is advertised. 

John I)onii)han announces a public sale of 40 lots in his 
addition to Weston. 

l*eaches and other fruits promising. 

Proceedings of the municipal council of Weston, commem- 
orative of the late J. P. Georgen, signed by Ben Wood as mayor, 
and H. J. Wolf as secretary, are published. 

A circus at Parkville on May l.'ith, at Platte City on the 15th, 
and at Weston on the 18th. 

S. J. Finch gives notice that the Weston Reporter has been 
sold to A. W. King. 

William Findley. marshal of Weston, gives notice that here- 
after he will enforce the ordinance against hogs running at large. 

Mai/ IJf — Cartwright & Tufts are selling their stock at New 
Market, at auction. 

The administrators of adjoining counties advertise in the 

May 16 — General Harney is in command at the Fort. 

May 17 — Secretary Stanton is acting governor of Kansas, 
.1 waiting the arrival of Governor Walker. 

May 18 — Circuit Judge E. H. Norton is a candidate for re- 
election in August. 

May 19 — The Postmaster-General advertises for proposals to 
carry a semi-weekly mail to the Pacific. 

H. M. Cochran opens a dry goods store at Platte City. 

The Argus favors the Weston & Canton Railroad, and the 
Atlas favors the Platte Country Railroad. 

May 2Jf — Governor \\'alker speaks at 

May 25 — The first number of the Key City is issued at Weston, 
by a son of Sam. Owens. It succeeded the Reporter, and soon died. 


J. I*. Georgen's estate administered by Brill, Hamm & 
Georgen. Bond, |75,()00. He was a large merchant of Weston. 
His widow, Anna M. Georgen, married October 15, 1808, Frederick 
Stubenraugh, and died childless. The Georgen children: 
I. LEWIS W. GEORGEN, m'd Azubah Skinner. (See.) 
II. LIZZIE GEORGEN, d., single Oct. 9, 187l\ 


George Eckert, a native of Prussia, settles in Platte, and 
proves an excellent citizen. He was born June 10, 1829; came to 
America in 1848; married, March 13, 1857, Dorothy Stell, daughter 


of George, a German. They immediately settled in Platte County, 
and by industry acquired a large and valuable farm. Mrs. Eckert 
died in December, 1876, leaving: 

I. GEORGE H. ECKERT, b. near Parkville Jan. 21, 1858; m'd 
March 11, 1880, Eva Renner, dr. of Adam. Ch : 
1. Emma Eckert. 2. Lizzie Eckert. 
The famih^ belong to the German M. E. Church. 
n. MARY L. ECKERT, m'd Feb. 27, 1877, Peter W. Klamm, b. 
in Nov., 1852, son of John. Ch : 
1. Geo. P. Klamm. 2. Tirginia. 
m. AMELIA, m'd April 22, 1880, John P. Klamm. 


Humphrey Smith died in May, 1857. He was born in New 
Jersey February 17, 1774. His father was Abraham Smith, who 
was of German parentage. The family came to New Jersey in 
1714. His mother was a Davenport. He married, in 1803, Nancy 
Walker, who was born in 1783, and died in 1855. On account of 
his outspoken anti-slavery sentiments, he was called "Yankee" 
Smith. In 1822 he came west with his family, and settled on the 
creek in Clay County, Mo., called from him. Smith's Fork of the 
Platte. Here, at a point where the creek breaks over a ledge of 
rocks, he built, of round, unhewn white-oak logs, a small mill for 
corn, run by a flutter wheel. At that time there was no grist- 
mill in Clay, except Tillery's horse-mill. The stones were cut 
from "lost rock," and were small. A few years later Mr. Smith 
cut out a 3^-foot pair of stones, from "lost rock," and added bolts. 
For ten years these mills afforded meal and flour for the county. 
Mr. Smith, about 1827, laid off a small town, which was called 
Smithville. His good sense, energy, and independence gave name 
and reputation to the neighborhood. Ch : 

L DOCTOR SMITH, b. in 1806; d. in 1856. 
H. ERASTI'S SMITH (i). b. in 1808; d. in 1855. 
IH. GEO. SMITH, b. in 1811, living; nrd 1st. in 1834, Miss Brown, 
d. in Platte in 1889. He m'd 2d, in 1840, Miss Shelton. 
Live in Kansas. 
IV. CALVIN S:\riTH, b. Dec. 23, 1813, living in Kansas City; m'd 
1st, in 1840. Agnes Jordan, d. in 1884. He was a merchant 
in Smithville; removed in 1862 to Jefferson County, Kas., 
and in 1882 to Kansas City, Mo. He is 6 feet 2 inches tall, 
handsome and intelligent. He traversed Platte County in 
the early years of 1822 to 1837, when Ji tentless wilderness. 

1. ErastusiRat). 

2. Hrnrj/, a repiesentntivo in the State Legislature from 

Kansas Citv. 


3. Alice. 4. Sehree. 5. Marie. G. Ann. 7. James. 
Calvin m'd 2d, Fannie Burton. 

V. MISSOURI SMITH, ni'd Honrv Owens, both dead. 

VI. DAMON, ni'd a dr. of Dr. H. D. Oden. 

VII. HIRAM, m'd Mar}' A. Fleming, dr. of Samuel Fleming. 


Junel — Frontier Encampment, No. 2, 1. O. O. F., chartered. 

June 2 — W. M. Paxton appointed, by the probate court, public 
administrator of Platte County. Bond,'|20,000. 


June 3 — Michael Baker haAing died, Josiah Baker admin- 
istered. Bond, 112,000. Ch: 

I. SUSAN BAKER, m'd John Willis, of Kentucky. 
IIL VERLINDA BAKER, lived in Howard County. 
IV. EMILY BAKER, m'd Wm. Kirtley. 
V. MARTHA BAKER, m'd W. S. Carroll, a lawyer of Weston, 
and partner of John Doniphan. She died leaving ^ children. 
VL PERMELIA BAKER, b. in 1814; d. at St. Joseph July 25, 
1892 ; m'd Jerry Crabb. d. in Feb., 1877. Ch : 

1. Marfha f. Crahh. b. Aug. 27. 184.5; m'd Jan. 7, 180.3, 

Thos. L. Gabbert. (See.) 

2. Priscilla F., m'd a Johnson. ?>. Emma /?.. m'd a Dale. 

4. Robert R. 5. Edward J. 

0. Susan A., m'd S. R. Arnold, of St. Joseph. 

7. James M. CraM, m'd Dec. 23, 1885, Anna Montague. 
Vn. MARY BAKER, m'd William Cull, of Clark (^ounty. ^fo. 
Vm. NANCY BAKER, m'd Burwell Duncan, of New Market. 
XL W. C. BAKER, of Fayette, Mo. 

June 10 — L. M. Lawson buys property in Weston. 


June 13 — In the Atlas of this date are two acrostics by John 
Wood. On account of peculiarities and eccentricities, Mr. Wood 
never received the honor due him. For twenty years prior to 187(5 
he taught school at various places in Platte County. He pub- 
lished a pamphlet of 104 acrostics, to as many names, and sold it 
at 50 cents. He wrote a long po<'m, entitled "Columbus,'' and 
read it before the Platte ( Mty Lodge of Good Tem])lars. He never 
rode on horseback, nor in a carriage of any sort, but trudged on 
foot through mud and snow, carrying a small black gripsack, 
w^hich contained his worldly all. His poetry wa& correct in mea- 
sure, rhyme, and diction ; but the ornaments of rhetoric were want- 
ing. But his speeches were logical and pointed, and wei'e listened 


to attentively, lie often participated in the discussions at 
teachers' meetings. No one could tell his generation, nor whence 
he came nor whither he went. I loved the old man, and 
tried to cheer him. He often called at my ofiSce for rest after his 
peregrinations. His verses showed thought, but were lacking in 
melody, sentiment, and sweetness. He was found dead in an 
orchard in Clay, where he was teaching. 

GREENBURY PITCHER died in 1857. His widow was 
named Elizabeth, and his childreni: 1, James M. Pitcher; 2, Jane, 
wife of Simeon Hull; 3, Sarah Ann, wife if Wm.. Clarke; 4, Wil- 
liam; 5, Thomas; 6, Miles; 7, Susan. 

Jwie 15 — The foundations of Platte City Female Academy 
have been laid, 

June 19 — Prof. H. B, Todd closes his school at Camden Point, 
preparatory to opening at Platte City. 

June 22 — A terrific hail-storm. Stones fell .3 inches in 

Wm. B. Almond opens a law office in Leavenw^orth, leaving 
his family in Platte City. 

Crops — Wheat is almost a failure; worth .fl.50. Hemp is 
promising; worth -fS. Corn has been injured by the cut-worm; 
w^orth 80 cents. 


Almond, Paxton & Owen erected opposite Platte City a 
large flouring-mill. They furnished flour to many parts of the 
West, and had flour depots at Kansas City, Leavenworth, and 
Atchison. But the war, with short crops of wheat, ruined their 
trade, and the mill was dismantled. The two upper stories were 
used to replace the burned water-mill, and the first story, used as 
a stable, was burned, with many horses. 

June 21 — The Atlas has the first ''Leaves from a Lawyer's 
Note-book," by Hon. Thomas Herndon. 


July .'{ — I'icuic at Second Creek; Thos, E. Park manager. 

Sunday-schools of Platte City celebrated the day by meeting 
at the new academy grounds. 

John Wilson was orator of the day, and Prof. Todd addressed 
the schools, which had come in procession from the court-house. 


July 6 — Sheriff S])ratt sold,publiclv. the slaves of the estate of 
Henry Roach. They brought, severally, $1,400, $1,005. $926, $900, 
and $700. 

1857, JULY. 241 THE ELECTION. 

Jiiljl 7 — A Denioci-atio niiiss-moetinj!; nt the conrt-liouse, Jndf^e 
^"oah BeiH'y chairman, nominated Jesse Morin for State senator, 
to succeed Dr. A. M. Kobinson, resigned, and indorsed R. M. 
Stewart for jj^overnor, to snceed Tniston l*olk, resifjned. 

Prof. H. B. Todd sells ])iil)li(ly his academy furniture, at 
Camden Point. 

Jidif 9 — Atchison & St. Joe Railroad oro;anized at St. Joseph 
witli S, C. Pomeroy president. 

July IJf — An enthusiastic meeting at the court-house to pro- 
mote the Weston & Canton Railroad, G. H. Hale chairman. 

Jnly 20 — William McAlexander's estate administered by 
Alex. McAlexander. Bond, |3,000. 

Political meeting at the court-house, addressed by Morin and 
Dougherty, candidates for State senator. 

July 23 — A railroad meeting at Beauchamp's hotel, in Platte 
City, to promote the railroad from Leavenwoi'th to Cameron, ad- 
dressed by Colonels ^NfcCauley and Alexander, of Leavenworth. 

July 31 — Barbecue at Camden Point. Railroads the subject 
of discussion. 



For (Jovernor— R. M. Stewart, 884; J. S. Rollins, 947. 
Senator — Jesse Morin, Democrat, 027; Dougherty, Whig, 777. 
Probate Judge— H. C. Cockrill, 1,035; R. P. Clark, 507; H. 
Hartman, 120. 

Aug. 1 — Trains for the Utah expedition leave Leavenworth 
daily. Russell & Waddell are contractors for supplies. 

Leavenworth & Cameron Railroad delegates from Leaven- 
worth meet the people of Platte, W. M. Paxton chairman. Dr. 
Davis, Col. McCauley, and R. R. Rees, from Leavenworth, and 
IMtt, Todd, Fox, and Ellington, of Platte, make speeches. 

Remington, Johnston & S]»rat1 lay off St. Mary, at the present 
mouth of Bee Creek; but no lot was ever sold. John Boulware 
had a store there a short time. 

A mob at Leavenworth hang Knighton and Quarles, for the 
murder of Stephens. 

The Uglv Club and the Lazv Fellows are rival societies at 
Platte City. 

Aug. 13 — A public meeting at the court-house to promote the 
Weston & Canton Railroad, Jas. G. Spratt chairman, and Morin, 
WMlson, Fox, and Pitt speakers. 

1857, AUG. 242 WASH. L. BLANTON. 

Aug. 16 — The directors of the Platte City Male Academy 
select F. G. Gaylord as principal. 

Ang. 19 — JAMES HULL died. He was born in Virginia June 
5. 1795; came to Platte in 1838, and settled four miles north of 
Platte City. His wife died before him. His only child, Mary 
Jane Hull, married Thos. F. Moore. She died leaving: 1, Levi; 
2, George; 3, Mary, born in 1872. Mr. Hull left a will. 

Aug. 20 — Academy Finances — W. M. Paxton shows payments, 
$8,372.10; collections,' |4,481.05; advanced, |3,89L05. 

Aiig. 27 — Beauchamp's Hotel in Platte City is sold to E. W. 
Clifford, for |10,000. 

Newspapers — The Argus, Wiseleys editors, favors the Wes- 
ton & Canton Eailroad. The Atlas desires to connect with the 
Hannibal & St. Joe Railroad. The Parkville Courier favors the 
Platte County Railroad, 


Sept. 2 — Wash. L. Blanton died at Platte City. He was born 
in 1805 ; married Nancy Brunts. (See.) Mr. Blanton was a kind- 
hearted. Christian gentleman. He was a shoemaker, and a genial 
and merry companion. Ch : 

L MARY BLANTON, still living; m'd Aug. 22, 1857, Chris. 
Geyer. (See.) He died, leaving: 

1. Lizzie Geyer, m'd 1st, Feb. 18, 1881, Jas. L. Cornells. 

They were divorced after the birth of a daughter, 

and she m'd 2d, June 6, 1894, Jesse M. Calvert. He 

is a printer emploved on the Landmark. 

n. SHEBA BLANTON, m'd July 15," 1862, John D. Flannery. 

Live in Kansas. 

Sept. 7-T-Henry J. Adams, Free State candidate, elected mayor 
of Leavenworth by 298 votes. 


Josiah Farlev having died, R. F. Mason administered. Bond 
^5,000. Ch : 

IV. JAMES. V. JOSIAH FARLEY, Jr.. and others. 

Mr. Farley laid off, and sold out, the town of Farley. He 
enjoyed Masonry. His widow was Nancy, and he had a brother, 
Nimrod, who died in July. 1848. 

Sept. — The county court, on application of a public meeting, 
ordered fin election to determine whether the county should sub- 
scribe ^400.000 to the stock of the Weston & Canton Railroad. 
The election was held October 1st, and resulted: for, 377; 
against, 1,310, 


Sept. i2— JOHN M. HAYES having died. W. F. Middleton ad- 
ministers. F>ond. |;^>,r)00. His widow was Jane. Ch: 1. Marv C, 
b. in 1S45; 2, Elizabeth Haves, b. in 1847; 3, Nat C. Hayes, b. in 
1853; 4, Anna, b. in 1854; 5, Susan Hayes, b. in 1855. 

Sept. i.J— ADAM B. BURNING having died, Jacob Smelser 
administered. Bond |;{,000. He married, March 24, 1844, Ann 

Sept. 2S — Almond, Paxton & Owen file a plat of their addition 
to Platte City. 

The first indications of the great national panic. 

A splendid crop of hemp. Wheat a failure, and corn short. 


Oct. 1 — The Sepoy rebellion in India. The siege of Delhi. 

Oct. 5 — Marcus J. Parrott, Free Soil candidate, elected a 
delegate to Congress from Kansas over Ranson, by 4,089 votes. 

Oct. 9—F. M. Tufts buys out Willis Cartwright's interest in 
their New Market store. 

Oct. 10 — The great financial panic at its height. Missouri 
bonds sell at 64 cents. 

Oct. 20 — Simon P. Yocum advertises the Leavenworth steam 


Oct. 21 — William Pitts having died, Jacob and James Pitts 
administered. Bond, $10,000. He lived in the bottoms opposite 
Leavenworth. Ch: 

L A DAUGHTER, m'd Christian Shultz, and died, leaving: 
1. Mart/ H. Shultz. 2. Dallas A. Shultz. 
>\. Margaret Shultz. 
IL A DAUGHTER, m'd James Lewis. Ch: 
1. Robert C. Lewis. 
Vn. JAMES PITTS, nid April 10, 1888, Ange Yocom. 

Oct. 2.'f — A great fall in stocks. Missouri bonds sell at 
59 cents. 

Oct. 26 — Bank of the State of Missouri suspends. The Legis- 
lature, being in session, legalizes suspension for one year. 

F. G. Gaylord arrives in Platte City and opens the male 


Nov. S — The Legislature forbids collectors to take any paper 
money, except bills of the Bank of Missouri. 


The Lecompton Pro-slavery Convention adjourned, after 
making a constitution that sanctioned slavery. Among the 
signers are: James Adkins, W. Christison, H. D. Oden, and Jarret 

iSfov. 10 — Platte City Female Academy dedicated, in the pres- 
ence of a large assembly. Speeches were made by Prof. Todd, W. 
B. Smith, John E. Pitt, and Thos. Herndon. 


'Nov. 14 — Scitha Bowring, widow of Peter Bowring, having 
died, Davis Lanter administered. Peter Bowring died in January, 
1854. Thev lived near Farlev, and were respectable people. Ch: 
I. CATHARINE BOWRING, m'd Sept. 13, 1862, Martin S. 
Klumm. He was a man of intelligence. They removed 
to Texas. 
II. ELIZABETH BOWRING, b. in Fayette Co., Mo.; m'd Sept 
2.3, 1852, Capt. Davis Lanter, b. in Clay Dec. 5, 1824. His 
parents were Thomas Lanter and Spicy Davis, of Virginia. 
Thos. Lanter went to Kansas, and d. in 1880. In 1844 Davis 
Lanter became a teamster in the Quartermaster Depart- 
ment at Fort Leavenworth. He volunteered in the Mexican 
War, and served under Gen. Doniphan; and at the close 
of the war, became a teamster, and served until 1851. He 
was discharged in California, and returned by way of the 
Isthmus. From 1859 he was a wagon-master until 1861. 
He then raised a company for the Confederate army, known 
as Company C, First Missouri Cavalry, Col. Gates com- 
manding. He led his company at Pea Ridge, Corinth, and 
Port Gibson, opposed Sherman on his March to the Sea, 
April 9, 1865 he was taken prisoner, but was exchanged in 
May. The Captain has a large farm near Farley, and is 
still full of energy and enterprise. He is chairman of the 
county Democratic central committee. Ch: 

1. Mary Catharine, b. in April, 1854. She m'd 1st, a Kil- 

gore, and, on his death, she m'd 2d, Sept. 23, 1883, 
Henry Burt Mayo: 4 children. 

2. William P. Lanter, m'd Catherine Smith; 6 children. 


Nov. 19 — William ^McGuire having died. Jacob Smelser ad- 
ministered. Bond, .1f;3. 000. His widow was Elizabeth. Ch: 



Nov. 20 — Henry Myles having died, John Myles administered. 
Bond, ^15.000. His widow was Margaret, and his children: 


1857, NOV. 245 AMBROSE NOLL. 

IV. JAMES U. MYLES, was a incicliaiit of Plalte City. His 
first wife was iii(>tli('i' of: 

1. Miriam MjiUx, wife of Ilciiry C. Colman (see), of Kan- 

sas City. 
James H. ni'd 2d, Jan. 9, 18G5, Maliuda F. Cain, dr. of 
John, twin sister of Mrs. Daniel Jenlcins. Ch: 

2. Muttic M}/h's, ni'd James Neville. X MarfihalJ. 

VI. JESSE MYLES, killed at the Camden Point fight. 


Xoi\ 23—1). S. KIMSEY, postmaster at Platte cnty, having 
died, Thomas Kimsey administered. liond, |5,000. He was a mer- 
chant at Platte City. He married Nancy White. No children. 

Nov. 25 — The Rnllding Committee of the Platte City Female 
Academy issue to paid-up subscribers a certificate of stock for 
each sum of |25 paid. 

Nov. 27 — There is, nominally, a daily mail from St .Louis, but 
it is brought by steamboat from Jefferson City, and is uncertain. 


Nov. 30 — Ambrose Noll having died at Weston, Jacob Hamm 
administered. Bond, |12,000. His wife was Josepha. Ch: 

L MATTHIAS NOLL, went to Kansas. 

IL ALBERT NOLL, ni'd . Ch: 

1. Matthias Xoll (ii), b. in Germany Feb. 9, 1827; came to 
America in 1840 ; m'd Victoria Kurtz, b. Dec. 21, 1819. 
(See Jos. Kurtz.) Her children by Noll: [«] Vic- 
toria Noll, m'd Nov. 8, 1875, Ed Brill, son of Henry, 
b. in 1851; d. Sept. 15, 1894. Ch: [1] ^Matthias H. 
Brill; [2] Edward E.; [3] .Clarence. ['>] Matthias 
Noll (iii), a druggist at Atchison; [^1 Marv Noll, m'd 
May aO, 1887, Chas. P. Breen. (See.) 


Dec. 1 — Erasmus Perry having died, Charles A. Perrv admin- 
istered. Bond, .110,000. 

Dec. 3 — Dr. Yantis, of the Presbyterian Church, commences a 
series of lectui-es on ba])tism, giving particular attention to state- 
ments made from the T»a])(ist ])ul])it, at Platte City, by Rev. E. I. 
Owen. DD. 

The Legislature reduces the terms of circuit court to two, and 
grants to the IMatte Country Railroad .1^700,000, one-half to be ex- 
pended below St. Joseph, and the other half above. 

Dec. 10 — Gen. J. W. Denver is appointed secretary of Kan- 
sas, in the place of Stanton, removed. 

Dec. It — Governor R. J. Walker, O'f Kansas, resigns. 

1857, DEC. 246 BUSINESS MEN. 

Dec. 25 — Elder E. I. Owen commenced and continued his 
replies to Dr. Yantis. 

Bcc. 31 — Thanksgiving: Kev. Thomas Hurst preached at 
Platte City. 

Crops — Hemp rotted early, yielded well. Wheat and corn 
are short. 

Leavenworth has 4,000 inhabitants. Lots sell at fabulous 
prices. The Planters' House is open for business. 



Governor, K. M. Stewart; Congressman, Jas. Craig; State 
Senator, Jesse Morin ; Representatives, Duncan, Perry, and Wil- 
son; Circuit Judge, E. H. Norton; Circuit Attorney, J. M. Bas- 
sett; Circuit Clerk, W. C. Remington; Sheriff, W. H. Spratt; 
Assessor, John Swaney; School Commissioner, Geo. Robertson; 
Surveyor, Jas. S. Owens; Coroner, L. P. Stiles; Probate Judge, 
H. C. Cockrill; County Justices, Broadhurst, Hays, and Layton; 
County Clerk, D. P. Lewis; Public Administrator, W. M. Paxton; 
County Attorney, J. E. Merryman. 


At Platte City: Attorneys — Baker, Clark, Harrington, Hern- 
don, Merryman, Pitt, Robertson, Smith, Spratt, Tebbs, Wilson. 

Physicians — Baldwin, Brown, Eastman, Guthrie, Marshall, 
Moore, Redman, Wallace, Walling, 

Merchants, etc. — Allen {Atlas), Almond, Paxton & Owen, 
Beery, Bishop, Burge & Hogue, Clifford, Doty & Rector, Cochran, 
Conley & Adkins, Ferrier, Fleshman, Fox, Gaylord, Gordon & Todd, 
Hettish, Jenkins, Johnston, Johnston & Son, Knopf, ]\[urray & 
Fvcf^land, Magers, Oswold, Rector. Richards, Swanev«fcChristison, 
Todd. Waller & Frost, N. E. Wilkinson, Wilson, Woolfolk, Young, 

Lodges— No. 56, S. M. Hayes, W. M.; W. M. Paxton, Sec. 
Melody Chapter 21, W. A. Fox, H. P. Nebraska, No. 12, P. R. New- 
man, N. G. 

Schools — H. B. Todd is principal of the female academy, and 
F. G. Gaylord of the male. 

At Weston: Attorneys — Abell & Stringfellow, Bird, Branch, 
Burnes. Carroll, Donijihnn. Lawson, Ramage, Wolf. 

1858, JAN. 247 SLAVES SOLD. 

rbysiciaus — Bouifant, Bowers, Bowiby, Eaiickson, (ji-iswold. 
Gray, Heuson, Sliortridge, Stiles. 

Merchants — Basye, Bell, Branham & Norris, Collier & Rock- 
well, Coiiwell & Spencer, Colman, Deitz, Doppler, ( Jeorge, Guen- 
tlier, Goldstein, Halyard, Harper, Heriott, Kaufman, Klingstein, 
Knudson, Mettier, Meyers, Miller, Mitchell, Newman, Noble, Ott & 
Weber, Perrys & Young, Kaileys,Rohring, Shannon, Shaw & New- 
house, Snell, Steubenraugh, Turner, Walker, Warner, Wells, 
Wood (mayor). 

Court of Common Pleas — S. P. S. McCurdy, judge. 

At Parkrille: Ashby, Barnes, Bueneman, Burnes, Beeding, 
Clardy & Campbell, Clough & Clough, Dale & Roberts, Davis, 
McComas & Stoddart, ^IcDonald, Ringo, Summers & Wilson, 
Woodsman, Woodward. 

At Camden Point: Coflfey, Flack, Forbis, Hale, Rev. J. C. 
Howell (academy), Pinkard, Reed, Withers. 

At Farlei/: Mason, Johnson, Falkner, Patton, Meads. 

At Ridgely: Athy & Co., Deatly & Co., Ellington, Mayo, Rev. 
R. Scott. 

At New Market: Armstrong, Bishop, Cartwright, Ragsdale, 
Tufts, Wells. 

Newspapers — Argus, at ^Veston, by the Wiseleys. Atlas, at 
Platte City, by Ethan Allen. Courier, at Parkville, by F. M. 

Kansas Governors: A. H. Rader, from October 0. 1854, to 
July 31, 1855; Wilson Shannon, from September 1, 1855, to 
August 21, 1856; J. W. Gearv, from September 9, 1856, to March, 
1857; R. J. Walker, from May 21, 1857, to Dec. 7, 1857; Jas. W. 

During the interims, the secretary acted. 


Jan. -'i — The Pro-slavery constitution submitted to the people 
of Kansas, and adopted. Free State men did not vote. 

A Free State mob, after the election, took possession of 
Leavenworth, and Gen. Calhoun and other Pro-slavery men fled to 


Gabriel, aged 2, -1235; Reuben, aged 5, |510; Lewis, aged 4, 
1410; Lewis, aged 12, .f 1,000; Amelia, aged 14, .f710; Jane, aged 
15,1801; Emma, aged 17,11,000; Sarah, aged 20, |865; Permelia, 
aged 23, |993; Eliza and child, aged 30 and 1, |;930; Harriet, aged 
45, 1485. 

Three negro men were hired for the year, at |235, $141, and 
|135, respectively. 

Jan. 6 — William H. Summers having died, John Wilson ad- 
ministered. BoHd, 116,000. 

1858, JAN. 248 THE SUMMERS. 


The ancestors of the !r>ummers famil}' of Platte came to the 
Colonies, about 1700, from Holland. The mother died, and the 
father returned to Europe. The sons, John and Samuel, were 
reared b^' their mother's relatives. We have only to do with John. 
He taught school for 52 years, and was 119 years of age at death. 
His son, John, was a Revolutionary soldier, and witnessed the sur- 
render of Cornwallis in 1781. He was born July 26, 1764; married, 
October 26, 1786, Agnes Bell, daughter of Charles. She was born 
February 10, 1767. They came from Virginia to Kentucky, about 
1789. Their children, with dates of birth, were: 

I. SUSANNA SUMMERS, b. Julv 16, 1787. 
II. CARTER, b. Mav 6, 1789. 

III. THOMAS T., b. Mav 9, 1791. 

IV. JESSE, b. March 15, 1793. 
V. BENJAMIN, b. Mav 3, 1895. 

VI. LUCY, b. Mav 17, 1797. 
Vn. NANCY, b. March 7, 1799. 

VIII. MASON, b. Feb. 6, 1801. 

IX. ELIZABETH, b. Dec. 10, 1803. 
X. MARY, b. Jan. 13, 1805. 

XL JOHN T., b. Nov. 2, 1807. 

Xn. EMERSON SUMMERS, b. March 25, 1810. 

I shall notice only those who came to Platte, or have de- 
scendants here. 


Son of John (ii), was born in Jessamine County, Ky., May 6, 1789; 
m"d Martha Mills, of Fleming County, Ky. Carter died in 1819. 
Children : 
L COM. PERRY SUMMERS, m'd Emily Payne, living. Ch: 

1. Ruth Summers, m'd Chas. Ringo (i). 

2. Per. D. Summers, m'd July 28, 1870, William Goff. 

3. Geo. W. Summers, b. Feb. 14, 1846; m'd P. Williams. 

4. Mollie Summers. 5. Buddie. 

6. Mattie A., b. March 5, 1857; m'd Sept. 28, 1882, J. \\. 
Stoufer, of St. Joseph. She d. Oct. 26, 1889. 
IL WILLIA:M H. SUM:\IERS, b. in Dec, 1817. He represented 
the county in the State Legislature in 1850-51. He m'd in 
1849, Elizabeth Wilson, dr. of John, of Barry. They lived 
in Parkville, and he became an enterprising merchant. 
Onlv one of their three children survives: 

1.' Marii, wife of T. W. Davis. Jr. 

After the death of ^NIi'. Summers, his widow m'd W. J. 
Bemis, b. Nov. 3, 1831; d. Feb. 20, 1874. He was an urbane 
gentlenmn, a Knight Templar, and an enterprising citizen. 
Mrs. Bemis survives, with onlv the one living child. 

1858, JAN. 249 THE SUMMERS. 

III. JACKSON C. SUM.AIEKS, b. in Fleming Co., Ky., Jan. 1.5, 

1827; m'd June 19, 1850, Margaret Green, d. April 11, 1881. 
They settled near Parkville. Ch: 

1. Emma Summers, dead; m'd Jan. 12, 1871, John A. 

Baldwin, b. March 17, 1848, son of Martin. Ch: 
["] Oliver Baldwin; ['>] Wm. Baldwin; [c] Lnla. 
After the death of Emma, Mr. Baldwin m'd 2d, Oct. 
5, 1881, Alice V. Peed, b. June 14, 1858, dr. of Jas. A. 
Ch: [<i] Harry; [('j Otta Baldwin; [H Charles. 

2. CharUs H. Summers, m'd Sept. 1, 1881, Mattle Hoy. 

He d. in Nov., 1885, leaving: ["] Ada; [^] Chas. J. 
She m'd 2d, July 10, 1888, Lewis N. Mitchell. 

3. Xfnuiic Summers, m'd Oct. 20, 1884. Davis Lake, of 

Gallatin, Mo. 
Mr. Jackson C. Summers has been a merchant in Park- 
ville for many years. He served two terms as county court 
justice, and is regarded as one of the most honorable men 
of the county. After the death of his first wife. Judge Sum- 
mers m'd ^Nlarch 12. 1880, Mm. Euphemia Mothershead, 
widow of John W. (See.) 


Was born in Jessamine County, Ky., March 15, 1703; m'd his 
cousin, Elizabeth Bell. They removed to Fleming Co., Ky., and, 
in 1850, came to Platte, settling near Parkville. He died in 
August, 1873. He represented Fleming in 1824-28. Ch: 

L HIRAM SUMMERS, m'd an Eastern lady, and removed to 
Arizona, where he has become a distinguished lawyer, 
IL ANN SUMMERS, b. in Feb., 1812; m'd John Downs, a mer- 
chant and a highly esteemed citizen of Barry. Ch: 

1. Williaui Downs, m'd Mollie Gosset. 

2. Beftic Dou'us, m'd ^Madison Cox. 

in. MASON SUMMERS, m'd America Beeding. They live in 
Chicago. For many years Mr. Summers was an enterpris- 
ing merchant of Parkville. 

IV. ELVIRA SUMMERS, m'd Mason Hord. They live in Platts- 

burg. Mason Summers and Mason Hord were partners in 

the mercantile business at Pnrkville. T'li : 

1. Man/. E Hord, b. Sept. 10, 1847, in Mason Co., Kv.; m'd 
Jan. 10. 1871, Geo. W. Spears, b. June 8. 1845. * He is 
a s(m of Sol. F. Spears and Eliz. Keller, and a pros- 
perous farmer, living four miles north of Platte City. 
He served in the Confederate army, and had varied 
experience of dangers, sickness, imprisonment and 
banishment. Ch: ["] Wm. ^Nlasim Spears, b. Nov. 
20, 1871; ['*] Beula, b. Ai)ril 7, 1874; [f] George, b. 
Dec. 20. 1870; ['?] Mabel Spears, b. Julv 31. 1880. 

1858, JAN. 250 R. MEEK. 

V. WILLIAM J. SUMMERS, m'd Lizzie Bowen, n6e Hazlerigg. 
No children. 
YL ELIZABETH SUMMERS, m'd Col. F. Burnes. (See.) 
VII. EMMA SUMMERS, b. Oct. 9, 1842; m'd Dec. 24, 1858, Dr. 
Alonzo Richardson. He d. March 10, 1862, leaving: 

1. EUzaheth Richardson, b. Jan. 10, 1866; m'd in 1880, W. 

P.Baldwin. Ch: [«] Alonzo; ['J] Camilla; [c] Roy. 

Mrs. Richardson m'd 2d, Dec. 14, 1884, David J. Link (see), 

b. Feb. 28, 1827; d. Aug. 5, 1892. Mrs. Link still lives, a 

genial, amiable and kind-hearted lady. 


Born in Jessamine County, Ky.. Feb. 6, 1801; came to Clay in 1836. 
and removed to Clinton County, where he d. June 21, 1885. He 
was a zealous member of the Christian Church, and an enthusiast 
in sacred song. He married, Dec. 4, 1823, Maria Bell. 


Jmi. 19 — Richard Meek (i) died at Weston. He was twice 
married. Children by his first wife: 

L RICHARD MEEK. He laid off Meek's Addition to Weston, 
n. JAMES MEEK. Bv his second wife, Malinda: 
IIL ELIZABETH MEEK, m'd Dec. 25, 1860, E. G. Heriot, a law- 
yer, justice of the peace, and a leading citizen of Weston. 

Jan. 23 — Thomas Waugh having disappeared for more than 
seven years, his estate was administered on by John Carson. 
Bond, |1,500. But Waugh returned, found his lands sold, and 
received little or nothing. 



Feb. 1 — James Hartley having died, Emily Hartley adminis- 
tered. Bond, 12,000. Ch: 

L JOHN C. HARTLEY, m'd Feb. 1(), 1879, Lottie E. Link. dr. 
of David. (See.) 
HL MARY HARTLEY, m'd Sept. 6, 1857, William Wallace, son 
of Andrew, b. in Ireland, and settled in 1842 on the Missouri 
River, below Leavenworth. William d. March 5, 1889. 
His widow survives. Ch: 

1. Richard Wallace. 

2. Maj/ Wallace, m'd May 15, 1888, D. S. P. Harrington, of 

Farley. Ch: [«] Maud Harrington. 

1858, FEB. '251 WILLIAM GIBSON. 


Feb. 5 — William Gibsom having died, his daughter, Mary A. 
Marsh, administered. Bond, 11,500. He was one of the earliest 
settlers of the county, and made his claim on the Gariison road, a 
mile east of Martinsville, precisely at the geographical center of 
the county. He was a genial and intelligent mechanic, and a 
well-r(^ad Universalist. Controversy- was his delight. His argu- 
ments were captious, and his prejudices strong. Ch : 

L MARY A. GIBSON, m'd John S. Mai*sh. (See.) 
IL DR. ISAAC W. GIBSON, m'd Elizabeth Watts. He pos- 
sessed some brilliance, and enjoyed boisterous company. 

1. Sarah I. Gihson, b. April 27, 1839, in Martinsville; m'd 
in Livingistoii Co., Mo., Dec. 29, 1863, Morgan Kay, 
b. June 8, 1829, in Franklin Co., Pa. They reside one 
mile northeast of Platte Citv on a small farm. Ch: 
[«] Iva Kav, b. Dec. 12, 1865; m'd Dec. 12, 1888, W. J. 
Spain. Ch: [1] Olivia H., b. in Sept., 1890; 
[2] Burnett, b. in Dec, 1891. [f^] Margaret E. Kav, 
b. Aug. 13, 1872. 


Fch. 15 — John ]McKinney having died, his widow, Nancv, ad- 
ministered. Bond, 15,000. "Ch: 

VIL ADELIA A. McKINNEY, m'd June 30, 1873, Jesse McCall. 


Feb. 22 — Charles W. Bingley having died, A. G. Brown admin 
istered. Bond, |16,000. His widow was Mary S. He was a gen- 
tleman of intelligence and honor. He lived near Farley. Ch: 
L AMANDA BINGLEY, m'd W. W. Sanders. 
IL ELIZA JANE BINGLEY, m'd Jan. 1, 1850, Ben S. Powell. 
They lived near Farley. He enlisted in the Confederate 
army; was at the Siege of Vicksburg, and saw hardships 
and dangers. He left Platte after the war, and died. Ch: 
1. Arista Poicell. 
IIL JOSEPHINE BINGLEY, m'd June 28, 1860, Alf. S. Day. 
IV. KANSAS BINGLEY, m'd Jas. Pickens, of Kansas. 
V. ERRELLA BINGLEY, m'd O. P. Edwards. 



Feb. 27 — Isaac Mundy died. He was born in Halifax County, 
Va., May 30, 1814. His father was Jesse, whose mother was 


Helen Bruce, a grand-niece of Bruce of Bannockburn. Isaac mar- 
ried Lucy Hines, bom June 8, 1815, in Patrick County, Va., living. 
They came to Weston in 1859. Henry Hines, father of Lucy, 
was born in 17G9, and died in June, 1863. Children of Isaac 
and Lucy: 

L MARY E. MUXDY, b. May 10, 1836; nid May 3, 1860, L. W. 
Ringo. Ch: 

1. Luci/ Ringo, b. March 18. 1862; d. March 8, 1870. 
H. RICHARD H. MUNDY, b. Jan. 16, 1811; m'd Jan. 16, 1868, 
Louisa H. Magers, b. in 1816; d. March 28, 1889; dr. of 
Deidrick. Ch: 

1. Henry MumJii, b. in 1868; d. in 1894. 

2. Richard, b. in 1872. 3. Anno Mundy, b. in 1874. 
4. Fr«7/A-, b. in 1878. 5. Amelia, h. inlSSl. 

6. William Mnndy, b. in 1884. 7. Florence, b. in 1887. 
R. H. Mundy m'd 2d, Aug. 28, 1890, Mrs. Hannah T. 
Swarthout, n^e Tebbs. No children. He is an Odd Fel- 
low and a Knight of Pythias. 
HI. AXXIE E. MUXDY, b. Jan. 20, 1843 ; m'd Sept. 14, 1865, Thos. 
C. Magers, b. Sept. 9, 184L Ch: 

1. Roy, b. May 19, 1874; m'd Aug. 26, 1896, Bertha Welt- 
ner. Ther live in Colorado. 
IV. JOHN B. MUXDY', m'd Lizzie (Amelia) Overbeck. (See.) 
V. JAMES P. MUXDY, b. Aug. 30. 1854; m'd Jan. 20, 1879, Ada 
M. Gilbert. Ch: 

1. Franl: G., b. Sept. 14, 1880. 
VL MATTIE T. MUXDY, b. Aug. 30, 1857; m'd Oct. 23, 1878, B. F. 
Hamm. Ch : 

1. Guy 21., b. Oct. 1, 1879. 2. Mahel C, b. March 13, 1883. 

3. Max S., b. March 3, 1887. 4. Isaac, b. April 30, 1892. 
VIL YIRGIXIA B. MI'XDY, b. April 28, 1845. 


March 2 — John Burgess died. 


Edward Burgess, of England, came to Mrginia about 1760. 
He married a Miss Francis, and their son, John Burgess, was the 
I)rogenitor of the Platte County family. He was born in Virginia 
in February, 1777; married, in ISOl.Jane Shannon, born Xovember 
27, 1782, dr. of James Shannon, of Taswell County, Virginia. They 
removed to Lawrence County. Ky., in 1804, and to Platte in 1840. 
He was ,i soldier of the War of 1812. and was esteemed for intelli- 
gence, enterprise, and courage. He settled on a farm northeast 
of Xew Mai'ket. His posterity are wealthy and influential. Ch: 
L XAXCY S. BI'RGESS, b. :\ray 7, 1803, in Virginia; d. in 
Platte July 20, 1885; m'd in Lawrence County. Ivy., Aug. 7, 
1825, Joseph Davidson, b. in Virginia April 15, 1802; d. in 
Platte Fel). 10, 1863. Thev were zealous members of the 


M. E. Cburcli, aud higlily esteemed for their virtues. Ch. 

1. Jane li. Duridsoii, h. Juno 2:^, 1820; m'd July 17, 1855, 

A. E. CIeaveii|;-er, b. Sept. 17, 182(j; d. Feb. 14, 18<j:i. 
They livod near I.eavenworth, Kansa.s, on a valuabh- 
farm of .*>20 acres. Ch: ["] Joseph Cleavenger; 
[''] John; ['] Asa; [''] Kcbccca, is a schoobteacher, 
of superior accomplislnnents. and Ikm- name lias been 
mentioned for t^tate superintendent of schools; 
[c] Nannie, m'd Hon. J. M. Corey; [f] Moses; 
[.'/] Marv Oleavenger. 

2. Man/ S. DavUhon, b. Dec. 28, 1827; d. Dec. 4, 1870; m'd 

Dec. 27, 18(;7, John ^Y. Ellis. 
:3. WesJcji Davidson, b. Dec. 18, 1828; m'd Oct. 11, 1860, 
Sarah M. Burns. 

4. Julia Ann B. Davidson, b. Jan. 7, 1830; d. June 10, 1875; 

m'd Oct. Ki, 1859, Robert Bryant. 

5. Clumanda Davidson, b. April 24, 1831; m'd March 11, 

1808, William Scott. 

6. Cynthia A. Davidson, b. Mav 15, 1832; m'd June 19, 

1859, Andrew J. Stagner, b. Dec. 11, 1830, in Madison 
Co., Ky.; d. in Platte Jan. 29, 1874. He was a son of 
Thos. J. Stagner and Nancy Maupin. Thos. J. Stag- 
ner was a son of James, and was born in Kentucky 
June 13, 1792. His wife, Nancy Maupin. b. Dec. 2, 
1803, was a daughter of Thomas Maupin, a Revolu- 
tionar}' soldier. After visiting California, and en- 
gaging in various enterprises, Mr. A. J. Stagner 
located, in 1858, on what is now the site of Dearborn. 
His widow still lives, and has acquired wealth by 
her Dearborn property. Ch: [«] Thomas J. Stag- 
ner, m'd March 17, 1890, Jennie Simmons, of Bu- 
chanan. Ch: [1] Buela. ['^] Jennie Stagner, 
m'd Dr. James Watson, of Dearborn. She is well 
educated and accomplished, as my correspondence 
with her shows, [c] ^larv E. Stagner m'd Dr. Edwin 
L. Wells, a druggist of De Kalb, Mo. Ch: [/] Mat; 
[2] a boy. [f'] Andrew Newton Stagner; [''] Julia 
M. Stagner. 

7. John A. B. Davidson, b. J'an. 15, 1834 ; m'd June 24, 1858, 

Sarah M. Docker v. 

8. Eliz. H. Davidson, b. Ai)ril 28, 1835. 

9. Jos. A. Davidson, b. Aug. 20, 1839; d. Jan. 5, 1885; m'd 

Jan. 8, 1808, Margaret A. Merchant, b. Jan. 31. 1851. 
He was a farmer and an honored ^liison. Ch: 
[^'] John; [?»] Elizabeth; [c] Eugene; [^^ William. 

10. Melissa D. Davidson, b. June 19, 1841; m'd Nov. 12, 

1808, Monroe King, 

11. Cornelius Davidson, b. June 11, 1844. 

II. GEO. R. BFRCtESS, b. Nov. 20, 1800; d. in Kentuckv, in 1879. 
]ir. CORNELIUS M. lU'ROESS, b. in Lawrence Co.. Kv., in 


1S09; d. in Pla.tte April 2, 1859; m'd Dec. 3, 1832, Vienna 
Spencer, b. Aug. 27, 1815; d. Oct. 14, 1882. She was a 
daughter of James Spencer and Sarah L. Martin. Mr. C. 
M. Burgess came to Platte in 1843, and settled near New 
Mai'ket. He was a large and chivalrous gentleman, of gen- 
erous nature and undoubted courage. Mrs. Burgess was 
a large and handsome woman, of dignified bearing and 
amiable disposition. After his death, a large and fertile 
farm was partitioned among his children. Ch : 

1. Sarah H. Burgess, b. Oct. 19, 1833; m'd March 21, 1854, 

Floyd Shannon, b. Nov. 15, 1816; d. March 8, 1887. 
Ch: [«] Georgiana Shannon, b. ' Jan. 7, 1855; m'd 
James E. Fulkerson. [^] Eugene Shannon, b. May 
16, 1857; m'd Jan. 13, 1892, Ida Terrv, dr. of James. 

2. Geo. W. Burgess, b. March 27, 1839 ; m'd July 4, 1861, 

Phoebe A. Nower, dr. of Joseph. Oh: [«^] Tombs 
Burgess, b. April 29, 1862; m'd Aug. 1, 1889, May 
Wright; [^] Joie; [c] Neva; [f'] Ben. 

3. Naney Burgess, b. Sept. 27, 1841; m'd Dec. 8, 1864, 

Wm. Samuel Nower, b. in Jan., 1836; d. in July, 1884. 
Ch: [«] Jos. F. Nower; [&] Geo. G.; [c] Vienna; 
[^'] Julia; [e] Samuel; [f] Cornelius; [o] Vandine 

4. Julia D. Burgess, b. Oct. 19, 1844. 

5. Cornelius M. Burgess (ii), b. Sept. 17^ 1849; d. Mav 20, 

1883; m'd Oct. 12, 1882, Laura Hamil. He gradu- 
ated at the Missouri University in 1871, and at Ann 
Arbor, Mich., in 1875 ; entered on the practice of law, 
in Texas, and was killed under circumstances of 
grave suspicion of murder. No children. 

6. Floyd 8. Burgess, b. June 1, 1854; m'd Feb. 20, 1895, 

Cleora Wright. 

7. John J. Burgess, b. March 16, 1852. He was elected 

collector of Platte County in November, 1892, and re- 
elected in November, 1894. He married in 1894. 

8. Luella Burgess, b. Nov. 29, 1856 ; d. Jan. 17, 1889. 

IV. SAMUEL BURGESS, b. Dec. 26, 1813; m'd May Williams. 
Thev went to Kansas and died. 
V. JOHN S. BURGESS, b. May 19, 1817; d. in 1881 ; m'd Sarah 

VL CYNTHLV A. BURGESS, b. Dec. 23, 1819; d. Feb. 25, 1890; 
m'd R. M. Stafford. 

VIL JULLV A. BURGESS, b. July 6. 1821 ; d. in 1881 ; m'd James 
Winn, of Buchanan. 

VHL ALBERT H. BT'RGESS, b. Jan. 18, 1824. in Lawrence Co., 
Ky.; m'd June 6, 1854, Ann C. Cother, dr. of Reuben and 
Charlotte Cother. She was born :May 12, 1833; and died, 
childless, Nov. 13, 1854. A. H. Burgess m'd 2d, in Nov., 
1857, Frances G. Clay, dr. of Johnson. Mr. Burgess lives at 
Dearborn, a town which he laid off and sold. He possesses 

1858, MARCH. 255 JOHN P. BAILEY. 

intelligence and Christian meekness. He is mncli l)eloved 
for his virtues and graces. Mrs, liiirgess was born in Cole 
County, Mo., August 30, 1830. Ch : 

1. Laura Burycss, b. Nov. 10, ISOO. 

2. John C. Burgess, b. Oct. 7, 1 873,. 

Marcli S — Cyrus Saunders having died, Cynthia P. Saunders 
administered. Bond, 15,000. 

March 9 — Free State men of Kansas hold an election of dele- 
gates for a Constitutional Convention, which met, chose Jas. H. 
Lane president, formed a constitution, and adjourned April 3d. 

The Missouri River is open for navigation, 

March 16 — The prisoners in the county jail make a strike for 
liberty. Having been furnished with an auger, they bored out a 
log, and gained admittance to the stairway, upon which the outer 
door opened. When the jailer entered, the prisoners seized him; 
but the boy who attended him closed the door and called for 
assistance. The plan failed. 


March 19 — John P. Bailey having died, B, W, Bailey admin- 
istered. Bond, |6,000, John P, Bailey was born in South Caro- 
lina, but when a boy moved to Monroe County, Ky, He married 
Barthenia Bailey, and came to the northwestern part of Platte in 
1850, His widow survives. Ch: 

L JOSLA.H M. BAILEY, b. in Monroe Co., Kv., Oct. 5, 1839; nrd 
Dec. 28, 18G9, Georgiana Yarble, Ch: 

1. Olive Bailey. 2. Gertrude. 3. Thomas J. 
4. Robert E. Ha ilei/. 5. Albert W. 

March 20 — J. J. Throckmorton takes charge of the Virginia 
Hotel, at Platte City. 

March 27— Platte County is now out of debt, with f;3,000 in 
the treasury, 


April /—Slaves sold publiclv at Platte Citv at the following 
prices, each: |075, $830, |525, |350, |1,000, |350, .^285, |705, |(;00, 
1000. 1900. 

Slaves hired for the vea.r, in advance, each: |207, |232, |191, 
1210, 1201, 1175, 1180, .fl,31, |150, |125. 

Land sold by the sheriff, i)ublicly, per acre: |40, |20. $12, |24. 


Platte City elected the following town board: E. W. Clif- 
ford, president; W. M, Paxton, treasurer; A. Burge, R. P. Clark, 
S. Doty, J. Beery, and H, B, Wallace, members. 

The Atlas now reports proceedings of all courts. 

April 6 — James M, Bell is appointed superintendent of the 
poor-house, in place of James Holland. The poor-house was at 
what is now Atchison Junction. 

April 8 — Ptolemy Brightwell died near Parkyille. 

Richard and Elizabeth Brightwell, of Spottsylyania County, 
Va., were the progenitors of the Brightwell family of Platte. Ch: 
I. WALLER L. BRIGHTWELL, will be noticed hereafter. 


IV. SALLIE BRIGHTWELL, m'd John Johnsou, of Virginia. 
V. MARY BRIGHTWELL, m'd a Pitcher, in Virginia. 

VL PTOLEMY BRIGHTWELL, b. in Virginia in 1800; d. in 
Platte Aj^ril 8, 1858. He was, for years, a prosperous mer- 
chant in Staunton, Va., and was an urbane gentleman. 
He came to Platte about 1856. He m'd 1st, a Johnson, and, 
after her death, m'd 2d, Fannie Todd, a cousin of Prof. H. 
B.Todd. Hisch: 

1. Fernando Brightwell, of Lexington, Mo. 

2. R. T. Brighttcell, a business man, and justice of the 

peace, of Parkyille, b. in Virginia Jan, Ls, 1831 ; came 
with his father in 1856; m'd Feb. 4, 1862, in Virginia, 
Sallie Hopkins, b. in 1839. Oh : [^'1 Alberta Bright- 
well, m'd Oct. 11, 1884, William Nash, son of John H. 
Ch: [1] Mabel Nash; [2] Laventa; [3] Dora; 
[Jf] May; [J] Stella. ['>] Francis De Witt Bright- 
well; [c ] Annie, m'd June 6, 1894, Ja-s. W. Dayis, son 
of John ; [(^ Mary Brightwell. 

3. Marj/ Brir/liticell. 

4. I^all'ie, m'd March 29, 1859, John McWilliams. 

5. Harriet. 

Ptolemy Brightwell left other children in Virginia. 

April iO— Senator T. H. Benton died. 

April IJf — Aluiond, Paxton & Owen conyey ll:j acres of land, 
a Imlf mile south of Platte City, for the Female Academy, 

April 11 — The Platte Country Railroad from Kansas City to 
St. Josejih: A meeting at New Market, R. G. Barber chairman, 
and N. P. Ogden secretary, pledgvd .flO.OOO to said railroad on 
condition it ]»assed through Platte (Mty and New Market. They 
also nsked the coiiuty ••omt to take f 200,000 of stock, on like 




ivcccipls. |lS.lL'r..l;!; cxpciHliliiics, itj!! 1,2SS.:U. 

Specific IJ.riKiulitiircs. 

|{ii(l<i(' ;if Ciosswhitc's I 100.00 

Ui-idjic at Koss 208.00 

IvOwci- I'ce ('i'(H'k biidjic Tlo.OO 

Bridgv at Kialto .lOO.OO 

Other bridges and i-oads 1,180.00 

Poor-liouse fanii 500.00 

Poor 1.980.00 

Stationery :i(>0.00 

Conrt-lioiise 109.00 

Jail r)00.00 

Print inji- 159.00 

Sheritr (S]H-att) 89lM)0 

Circuit Clerk (Keniin^ton) 750.00 

County Clerk (Lewis) 1,202.00 

Treasurer (Fre(dand) 575.00 

Assessors 100.00 

County Court Justices (P»roadhui'st. Ha.\s. and Layton). .'{.'itI.OO 

County Attorney (Merryman) 111.00 

Sundi-'ies .' ' 959.:U 

Total 111,288.34 

A ssessnient, |7,749.499.00. ( \>unty levy, 25 cents. 

Receipts and expenses for a series of years, as made out by 
"Taxpayer." in the Athifi of July 17, 1858: 

Year. Receipts. Expenses. 

1847 I 5,957.00 |! 8,539.80 

1848 4,184.99 4,910.26 

1849 7,703.40 9,1<;4.30 

1850 5,757.00 !),927.79 

1851 7,315.05 10,79(1.20 

1852 14,022.10 8,238.81 

1853 10,023.70 6,97(;.94 

1854 18,190.77 7,215.37 

1855 9,314.80 12.392.90 

1850 (no statement) 

1857 13,508.00 14,702.59 

1858 18,125.13 11,280.32 

"Taxj)ayer" maintains that |10,29G.G4 more has been paid in 
than has been ]taid'out, and that sum ouoht to be in the treasury. 
But he overlooks the itcMu of interest i)aid on warrants, which will 
account for the discrepance. 

1858, MAY. 258 MECHANICS' BANK. 


May 1 — Tlie Legislature having established a system of 
banks, each with branches scattered over the State, the Mechanics' 
Bank established a branch at Weston. Weston and Platte City 
took stock liberally. Clinton Cockrill was chosen president, and 
Geo. T. Hulse cashier. Platte City subscribed |21,000, and the 
total stock taken was about |100,00b. 


Prof. Todd made a grand displa}'. He had 202 scholars. 
Miss Mollie Gabbert (Ballard) was chosen Queen, and Miss Mattie 
Cockrill Flora. The following represented various sprites: Clara 
Almond, Jennie and Kate Almond, Fannie and Lizzie Arnold, 
Mattie Ballon, Lne. Beal, Bettie and Julia Brown, Ann Brady, 
Sue Christie, Georgie Clark, Emma Cockrill, Laura Cordray, 
Hannah and Mary Creal, Mollie Davenport, Irene Dougherty, 
Nannie Ecton, Estelle Ellington, Eliza Elley, Anna Flint, Alice 
Freeland, Lizzie Harrington, Hattie Harvey, Amanda Hunt, Mat- 
tie Jack, Buckie and Reb. Johnston, Alice Layton, Gertrude 
McLane, Clemmie Marshall, xVmelia Moore, Mary Morrison, Annie 
Murdoch, Carrie Murray, Mattie Nichols, Sena Nuckols, Laura and 
Mollie Owen, Annie and Tillie Paxton, Emma Pence, Alice and 
Cleora Quimby, Mary Remington, Lou Rhea, Mollie Risk. Sue 
Ross, Katie Saunders, Laura Scarce, Abbie Shafer, Vinie and 
Tissie Skillman, Jennie Spratt, Anna Stockwell, Laura Swaney, 
Cynthia Tribble, Christie Trundle, Jennie Toole, Hattie Wallace, 
Helen and Laura Wallace, Bettie Wilhite. 

I knew all these lovely girls. They are now the matrons in 
many households. By consulting my index, the reader may trace 
the lives of many of them. Prof. Todd did much to raise the 
standard of female education and wifely accomplishment in Pla.tte 

May 8 — A public meeting at Parkville recommended the route 
of the Platte Country Railroad through Platte CMtv and New 
:Market, and asked the county c-ourt to take |200,000 stock. 

May 12 — James W. Denver becomes governor of Kansas. 

May 7.9— Charles H. Kay having died, W. T. Middleton ad- 
ministered. Bond, 110,000. 

Mail 20 — The county court having api)roy)riated .f.'i.OOO for the 
erection of three offices on Lots 10 and 11, Block 25, Platte City 
(tlie eastei-n office for the circuit clerk, the middle for the probate 
coui't, and the western for the county clerk), the lowest bid offered 
was |4,SOO, by Mr. Hohn, ;ind this was rejected. But the offices 
W(M<- aflciwards built by Mr. W. Lowry. 

Jesse Moriu is nitpoinlcd icgister of the land office at Ft. 
Scot t. KsmsMs. 

1858, MAY. 259 JOHN KERR. 

^fa!f 27— JOHN KKRK Ijjiviiij; died, niiikc .McComas admin- 
istered. Bond, |(),0()(). His widow was .l;m<', and they had one 
child, Cieorge. 

(MiTiis at Parkville, and on tlie I'Sth at Tlatte City. The 
calliope, making mnsie hy steam, was an object of much cniiosity. 


■/line I — A daily hack runs from IMatte (Jity to Leavenworth. 
Fareeach way, fl.ob. 

Deniociatic Convention nu^l at Uariy. and lUHninated Judge 
J. T. V. Thompson for State senatoi*. 

By arrangement of the building c(>mmittee, likenesses of 
siune seventy of the patrons of the Platte City Female Academy 
were taken by the artist. Addis, and hung up in the hall. These 
were taken away by Mr. W. K. Faulconer, and I have tried in vain 
t o recover them. 

Work commences on the St. Joe & Atchison Railroad. 

The jjort of Weston has been destroyed by a change of the 
rhannel of the Missouri River. 

The Atlas is peculiarly happy in its poets. Herndon, Hutchi- 
son. "Clara" and Wood furnish some admirable pieces. 

■June 3 — Examination of Platte City Female Academy com- 
mences, and lasts four days. It is largely attended. 

./////(• I) — Hickory Crove Church dedicated by Rev. Jos. Devlin. 

June 10 — This is the year of the second great overtiow of the 
Missouri and Platte rivers, in the records of Platte County. The 
overtiow of 1S2() jireceded the settlement of Platte. The overflow 
of L^44 sur})assed all others. The whole Missouri bottom was sub- 
merged. In 1858 the w^hole bottom was covered, except about 
fifty acres of J. E. Ireland's farm. The Platte in 1844 covered 
nearly all the site of Tracy. In 18.")8 the depot ground was scarcely 
submerged, and about one-eighth of an acre at the old steam mill 
was above water; and on this point, elevated by the sawdust, the 
hogs belonging to Almond, Paxton & Owen were gathered and 
fed. The rise of 1844 was 20 inches higher than that of 1858, and 
the water in 1858 was 10 inches highei- than at any subsequent 

•July 1, 1858, a second rise of the Platte occurred, 10 inches 
lower than June 10th of the same year. In the old water mill I 
had marks of both rises (1844 and 1858), and also on the larg(^ 
steam flouring mill, north of the Weston road. In 18;^8 the water 
was overhead at the steam mill. On the old wooden bridge at 
Platte Citv both rises wei-e marked, showing 1858 wa.s 20 inches 


below 1844. In 1858 the water was 10 inches above the second 
floor, and we lost 8,000 bushels of wheat. 

June 15 — Roads almost impassable. The ferryboat Leaven- 
worth City brought fifty tons of merchandise from Weston to 
riatte City, by way of I'latte River. It was the occasion of an- 
other big spree. 

Fruit uncommonly promising, but wheat, though good, is 
ruined in the shock by rain, and. after threshing, it mildewed in 
the garner; much wiieat brought to the mill was musty. 

The Utah War is ended. 

Hoopskirts are nearly out of fashion. 

June 16—W"SL K. FERRER having died, the widow, Martha 
J. Ferber, administers. Bond, |15,000. Ch: 1, Wm. A. Ferber; 
2, Kingman. 


Jnne 18 — William Yocom having died, his widow, Polly, ad- 
ministers. Bond, |.3, 500. Ch: 

I. SARAH H. YOCOM, m'd Branch A. Trent. They lived near 
Farley. Mr. Trent was a Justice of the peace and a man of 
superior judgment and business qualifications. 
11. GEO. W. YOCOM. in. ELIZABETH J., m'd a Wilson. 

June 20 — Yirgil C. Hollings worth, born in Todd County, Ky., 
December 17, 1832; died at Platte City June 20, 1858; came 'in 
1853. He was a younger brother of L. F. and B. F. Hollingsworth, 
and unmarried. 


Juh/ 4 — The day was observed at Platte City by a long pro- 
cession from the court-house to Atchison Hill, where an immense 
<-rowd heard speeches from Almond, Clark. Herndon, Hudson. 
Lawson. Pitt, and Wolf. 

Public sales of land: .'^13 and .fO.25 per acre. Of slaves: 
^875. 11.000. 1500 each. 

Craig, Birch, and Adams are candidates for Congress. Birch 
and Craig are hostile. 

Juh/ 19 — Samuel J. Turner having died. Richard E. Turner 
administered. Bond, .'ii;l6,000. 

Population of Leavenworth. 10.000. St. Joseph is lighted 
with gas. J, A. Johnston and Clay Withers open a general store 
in Platte Gity. S. Johnson removes his goods to Omaha. 

1858, AUG. 261 THE ELECTION. 


Coii^icssman — )as. T'l-aiji-, 1,412; Jas. H. Adams. 1,128. 

Statt' Senator— J. T. V. Tlioini)son, 1,3:^8; J. H. Layton, 1,178. 

Representatives— S. MeCJuire, 1,207; J. E. Pitt, 1,188; Jesse 
Miller, 1,144; H. Wolf. l,()!)r). 

Sherift— \V. K. IJryant 1,482; K. I). .lolinslon, 1,000. 

•Justice of County Couit — I. F. Broadhursl. l.:ir)2; 1*. Duulap. 
1,075; Jerry Woods, JM)2; Joseph Edwards, <>41; 11. (J. Baber, 587. 

rMrcuit (Merk— \V. (\ Keniinjjton 1,317; W. H. Spratt, 1,18(5. 

< 'ounty (Merk— D. P. Lewis, 1,578; E. O. Sayle. 989. 

Treasurer— H. J. Freeland. 1,300; M. X. Owen, 1,032. 

( %)roner— L. P. Stiles, 918; Ja,s. Osborn, 818. 

Marshal Weston Court of ronmion Pleas — G. W. Hood. 305; 
I), r. Wallinj>ford,.352. 

In the Conji'iessional Dislricl, ('lai^ was <']e('1ed over Adams 
by 5,000 majority. 


A IK/. ') — B. F. Robertson (i) having died, his widow\ Cvnthia, 
administered. Bond, flO.OOO. Ch: 


Au(/. 12 — Platte River has fallen, and the water mill is 

Au</. ir>— Revival in the Christian (Miurch. at Smithville; 100 


Aiu/. .iA — W. IL Owens havinji' died, .Jacob Smelsei- adminis- 
tered. Bond. 11,000. Ch: 



AiKj. .iU — (Jeo. (Jalloway died at his home, north of Weston, 
aj;ed ()7 y<'ars. He was a portly gentleman, of superior intelli- 
gence, contirmed in his Democratic principles, a stickler for 
State rights (insomuch that he was called "Old Constitution"), 
and fond of discussion. Tliougli a farmer, he was a lively ])oli- 
tician. His wife, l^ouisa R., survived him. Cli: 

L JANE CALLOWAY, m'd .Jonathan F. Wvatt. 


Scjtt. I — Idliii W. Kuss enrolled as an at loriiey. 


Sept. 6 — The Platte is again out in low bottoms. Mr. Lowry 
lost 80,000 brick by the overflow. 

Sept. 7 — Delilah Dougherty haying died, Anderson Hord 


CHARLES DOUGHERTY was a small farmer, of Mason Co., 
Ky. He marned Delilah Calyert. I knew him well in my boy- 
hood. He was an Irishman and possessed the wit and "blarney" 
of a native of the Green Isle. He was fond of spirits, and, under 
excitement, w^as merry and jovial. In 1842 he sold his farm in 
Mason County, came west, and settled near Ridgely. Here he was 
drowned in Dick's Creek, a year later, Ch : 

I. MARY DOUGHERTY, was handsome and accomplished. 
She m'd 1st, Samuel C. Bowers, from whom she was 
divorced, without children. She then married, Jan. 8, 1857, 
John Bryant, b. in Fauquier Co., Va., in 1790; and came to 
Platte, and, after raising a family by his first wife (see Jno. 
Bryant), and no children bv his second, died in June, 1885. 
IL ANN DOUGHERTY, d. in 1882; m'd Sept. 7, 1858, Anderson 
Hord, wiio was a native of Mason Co., Kv., and d. in Platte 
Jan. 4, 1885. Ch: 

1. James Hord, m'd Addie Soward, dr. of Alfred. She d. 

April 12, 1881. Addie w^as the only child of Alfred 
Soward, b. in Mason Co., Ky., April 22, 1810, and his 
wdfe was Rachel Brewer. Ch: [«] Alf. H. Hord, 
m'd April 13, 1892, Ella M. Risk (see); [^] Ander- 
son Hord (ii); [f^] Harry B.; [<^] Hortense. 

2. Charles Hord. 3. Xannie Hord. m'd a Davis. 

4. Hattie Hord, m'd a Dunbar. 

5. Maqqie. m'd Jas. Smith (third wife), son of Ad. G. 

6. Marq Hord, d. Aug. 3, 1881; m'd in 1871, Geo. W. 

Kyle. (See.) 
in. WM. H. DOI'GHERTY, b. in Mason Co., Kv., Nov. 25, 
1820; d. in Platte July 13, 1891; m'd March 6, 1844, Mary P. 
Miller, dr. of Ben. She d. June 20, 1874. He was a good 
surveyor, a genial companion, an upright citizen, and was 
highly esteemed. In 1881 he was appointed county sur- 
veyor, in place of W. Y. Slone, deceased, and w'as elected to 
the same office in 1882. Ch : 

1. Fannie Donf/hert!/, dead; married Nov. 20, 1877, Pleas- 

ant W. Chiiin. She died, leaving: [^'] Harry Chinn; 
['>] Frank. 

2. Sarah C. Douqhertq, m'd Oct. 24, LS82, G. W. Kvle. 


3. Xannie noiii/hcrti/. in'd March 5, 1800. H. S. Cochran. 

4. Miiinir Doiif/hcrtq. in'd ("hai-lcs Millci'. of Lawrence, 


5. Charles Doiif/Jirrfq. 

1858, SEPT. 263 DAVID SMITH 

Sept. .'/ — Fii-c ill NVt'ston. Loss: F. Kaiifiii.iii, |4,500; 
Shaw & NewlKHise, |(),000; John Deitz, IIO.OOO; City, $3,000. 


Sept. to — David Siiiilh, colored, was l»as<>ly miirderod at his 
home, on the Missouri, below Leaven wort li, by a fJCaug of outlaws. 
A fi-ee negro, he was honest and industrious, and owned a good 
farm. He left a son. Henry C. Smith, born in Independence, Mo., 
Se]>tember 5, 1845. Our fellow-citizen, K. F. .NLison, became his 
guardian, and gave him a good education. He became ])rot(''g<'» 
of Senator Kruce (colored), of Mississipjti, and was employed in 
the Treasury r)e{)artment at Washington. He ludd the office of 
State superintendent of schools of Mississippi. He is a rising 
man among the negroes of the South and West. 

Sept. 20— Dr. Erasmus S. (Mardy died at Parkville. Clardy & 
Broadhurst administered. Uoiid, .fil.OOO. 


NORMAN S. CLARDY was born in Virginia in 1774; mar- 
ried Rachel Johnson, born in 17S7. They wei*^ parents of Johnson 
and Giles C. Clardy. 

I. JOHNSON CLARDY, was father of Dr. E. S. Clardy, of Park- 
ville, whose death has just been noticed. Dr. Clardy was a 
k^arned plnisician. He m'd a Miss Ottoc. 
XL GILES C. CLARDY, b. in Warren Co., Ky., June 10, 1813. 
He was a farmer in Platte, near Smithville; a merchant in 
that village, and postmaster at Smithville during Han*ison's 
administration. He m'd Oct. 1, 1835, Araminta Adams, 
dr. of Jas. F. She was born in Tennessee March 28, 1817. 
They came to Platte in 1840. He is an uncle of Hon. M. L. 
Clardv, member of (^'ongress from Missouri. Ch: 

1. Garland C. Clardy, h. Dec. 20, 1836; nVd Sept. 10, 1801, 

Margaret V. Waller, dr. of Absalom. 

2. Amanda F. Clardi/, b. Aug. 16, 1837; dead; m'd Jos. 

Duncan, son of Jas. ; 3 cliildren. 

3. .Tames T. Clardi/, b. April 1, 1842; killed in Ai)ril, 1870; 

m'd June 27, 18()7, Lou Todd; 2 children. 

4. .]fartha .]f. Clardi/, b. Oct. 16, 1846; m'd Jan. 29, 1867. 

E. P.. Thatcher,' son of Daniel; 2 children. ^- ■^" '^ ~ • 

5. Giles W. Clardi/, b. March 3, 1849; m'd 1st, Eliza 

Thomas; .'? children; m'd 2d, Minnie Thomas (sister; 
no children. 

Sept. 2/— HAZEL L. 15FTTS having died, J. F. Tiroadhurst 
administered. Bond, |8,00(). He lived on the prairie, seven miles 
southeast of Platte Cit^-. He was a man of sound judgment, and 
discharged the duties of a justice of the peace with credit. His 
widow was ]Mary A. Ch: 1, Frances A. Butts; 2, William; 
3, James T. Butts, and an infant. All Wt the county. 



Sept. 23 — A letter of this date states : "Business in Kansas is 
dead. The town of DeltiNvare has come to nothing — people are 
leaving for the Colorado mines. Lands near Leavenworth sell at 
from |!10 to |15 ]»er acre. Stay laws, valuation laws, and home- 
stead laws so pi'otect debtors, that collections are almost 


Sept. 27 — Weeden ]\Leshon having filed his affidavit, stating 
that the Missouri now (1S58) runs west of the island, the acting 
commissioner of the (reneral Land Office decided that, with that 
testimonj' before him, he would regard the island as subject to the 
jurisdiction of Missouri. The case was ex parte, and no inquiry 
was made as to the facts Avhen the limits of the State were ex- 
tended west to the Missouri. 


Oct. 1 — An Ar(/us of the 2!)th of October, 1858, is in my hands. 

Jas. W. Denver resigns as governor of Kansas. 

The overland mail now comes from San Francisco in 25 days. 


(X-f^ .-, — ]>hilemon Hawkins having died, his widow, Lydia E., 
administered. Bond, $40,000. Ch: 

L ELIZA ELLA HAWKINS, d. March 2, 1870; m'd Wm. H. 
Elliston, son of Wm., of Grant Co., Ky. Ch: 
1. .fdwc ft P. Elliston. 2. Lena L. Elliston. 
:\. Man/ J. Elliston, m"d Wm. Loller. Ch: [«] Mary 
Loller; [''] Ethel; [f] William; [^] Nellie; [e] Birdie 

4. Margaret Elliston, m'd Richard Hamilton, dead. She 

still lives in New Market. Ch: [«] Laura Hamil- 
ton, nvd Eugene Doty; 1 child. [?>] Charles; 
[c] Birdie Hamilton. 

5. Aw/. Pdipic Ellixion. m'd Sallie -Tones. He is dead. 

She still lives in Weston. Ch: ["] Wood Elliston; 

[''] Verd; [f] Ei-nest; [f?] Grace; [f] Pearl. 
C. \V. W. Elliston. 7. Mon.-o. 
Will. II. KUiston m'd 2d, Pollv Hcnsou. and had: 
8. Thos. Elliston. b. Feb.' 18, 1801 ; mVl Dec 0. 1801. Kate 

E. Steele. 
!t. ./(ilui Elliston. 
n. Lr<'IXl>A HAWKINS. inM Wm. L. Stephens. (See.) 

i'liilciium iiTd 2(1. Lydia I^ls(on. and had: 
ni. CAXI'.V HAWKINS, h. Aj.iil 10. 1S.-)!I; in'd Mary IN)11<. dr. 

1858, OCT. 265 FIRST FAIR. 

of 1). T. I'olk, of I'hittc City, a beiuiiit'iil :iml :i(coiiii)lislu'd 
lady. Oh: 

1. ]'rr(i Hairhiiis. '2. Li/dia. 


Oct. 6 — An impromptu nuM'tiiiy- of citizens al the drug store of 
IJurge & lloguc. in JMatte City, determined to hold a county fair 
on the :21st. '2'2i\. and L'.'Ul days of October. The grounds subse- 
(]uently i»urchased, near Tracy, were selected, and Gen. Jeff. Wil- 
liams, lately from Kichmond. Ky., was chosen presidc^nt. R. L. 
Walhn- 1 reasurer. and Ethan A lien seci-etary. The directors were 
r. Cockrill. Thos. Clay. W. K. Faulconer. J. F. Forbis. S. M. 
Hays, S. Park. L. W. Pence. O. Steele, -las. Wallace. John Williams, 
and A. C. Woods, Hasty preparations were made, a liberal sub- 
scription raised, and general interest was manifested. 

The ring was surrounded by ropes. The only structure on 
the grounds was a tlight of five board steps, badly constructed. 
These were assigned as seats to Prof. Todd's girls. A gallant 
four hundred spectators were admiring the beautiful array, when 
suddenly the su]»ports of the seats gave way, and a hundred and 
fifty screaming, sprawling ladies called for help. Prof. Todd's 
voice rose above the din. In a moment, all were I'escued; my own 
gallantry was cons]»icuous. Not a soul was hurt. 

Ethan Allen is granted .fl.OdO foi- furnishing ii'on cells for 
Ihe jail, and other repairs. 

The county court, having purchased of (Jianvillc Adkins IHO 
acres, two miles west of Platte (^ity. for a poor-house, sells the 
same-, through M. X. Owen. commissi(mer. to Dr. E. C. Redman, 

for |a,ono. 

Off. ,f)— DA VID CROSSWHTTE having died, his widow. Eliz- 
abeth, administei'ed. P.ond. $2,000. Their only child. ^Martha E. 
Crosswhite, marri<Hl .Vugust IS. 1878. Chas. C. P>owman. 

Oct. 20 — Lewis Ramage. of Weston, having resolved to re- 
move to Kansas City, the Weston bar gi'ant him a banquet at th*^ 
St. George Hotel. Mr. Ramage was a supeiior lawyer, and a 
highly esteemed citizen. He died February 9. 1870. 

Oct. 21 — At a ball at Throckmoiton's hotel, in Platte City, a 
party from Leavenworth, UmI by M. J. Parrott. Free State Con- 
gressional delegate fi-om Kansas, was ])resenl. ^fr. Parrott 
oflfered a sentiment against slaveiy, which was icgarded as an 
insult to our jx'ojtle. For a time a row was immin<'nt. but better 
counsels prevailed. 

Judge .1. T. \'. Tlionijtson makes an addi-css at the fair. 

Oct. 29 — William Cox liaving died, Ucnj. SicwaiM adminis- 
tered. P>cmd. 110.000. Ch: 

1858, NOV. 266 COX FAMILY. 

I. ISHAM COX. and II. JAMES COX, went to Oregon. 
in. JOSEPH, lives in Andrew Countv. 

IV. LEWIS COX, and Y. JESSE COX, live in Leavenworth. 
VI. MARY COX, m'd an Edwards, and was mother of: 

1. Samuel. 2. Henry Edwards. 

IX. HEXRY COX, was father of: 

1. Elizabeth. 2. Melvina Cox. 

X. CHRISTIXA COX. went to California. 
XL ALICE COX, m'd a Masten. 



Vor. 1 — A little paper, called the CUonian Iris, is issued bv 
the Ladies' Literary Society of Weston. 

Xoi: 2— MARTHA E. GUTHRIE, wife of Dr. A. T. Guthrie, 
died at Platte City. She was a Williams, and born March 12, 1835. 
Her mother, after the death of Williams, married Larken Flesh- 
man. The onlv child of Martha was Willie Guthrie, born Julv 16. 
1858, and died September 18, 1879. 

Vor. 5 — Preston Dunlap takes his seat as county justice, with 
Broadhurst and Hays as associates. 

Ad. Burge, commissioner, reports that he had let out to Wash, 
Lowry the contract to build three countv oflSces, to be complete 
December 1, 1859. 

E. J. Harvey contracts to build the upper Bee Creek bridge. 

Xov. 10 — Samuel Medary succeeds Denver as governor of 

Xou. 27 — W. A. Fox and W. M. Paxton, commissioners, report 
that Jordon Ford, on Smith's Fork, and Holland Ford, on the 
Platte, are the best places to build the proposed bridges over 
said streams. 


Dec. 1 — Land at i)ublic sale brought .f8 and $14 per acre. 

Dee. ~) — Several I'latte City men, believing that part of the 
Military Reserve was open for settlement, commenced to build 
cabins thereon; but the quartermaster from the Fort drove them 
off and confiscated their lumber. 

The railroads are granting free tickets to all members of the 
Tvegislature who will accept them. 

Tlic ninttci- of Imildiug turnpikes is discussed. 


J)rr. 19 — .John Carson having died, Jacob Fulcher adminis- 
tered. Bond. 12,000. He married a Miller, who survived him, 

1858, DKC. 267 THE CARSONS. 

and inaii'k'd. second, Jolin CJ. Raj)!*. (See.) The Carson chil- 
dren were : 

11. MARY CARS( )X. first wife of Jacob Fnlcher. (See.) 

III. ALEX. CARSOX, died sin«j;le. 

IV. JOHX H. CARSOX, m'd Dec. 2(>, 1S(;,5, Cynthia Todd. (St^'.) 
V. JAXE CARSON, m'd Capt. James McCord, d. in St. Louis 

Nov. 25, 1874. He was an Irishman, built the steamc^r 
Edna, and commanded other steamboats on the Missouri. 
He came in 1840. and settled at McCord's Landing, now 
East Leavenworth. 

Dec. 22— W. O. LAUGHLIN having died near Wcildron, 
James Heath administered. Bond, |10,000. Elizabeth M. was 
his widow, and Chas. H. Laughlin, of Parkville, was their only 
child. He married May 1, 1879, Clara M. Freeland. (See.) 

Dec. 27 — Dr. Jas. M. Moore is now proprietor of the Green 
House, in Platte City, and the Masons march in procession from 
their hall to the hotel, and en.ioy a festival. 


Dec. 31 — David C. Rullock died at his home, seven mil^s east 
of Platte City. He was a son of Thomas Bullock and Rebecca 
Mobley, and was born in Si)Ottsylvania County, Va., October 22, 
1815; December 23, 1830, he manned Jane L. Vaughn, daughter of 
William. She was born March 10, 1812, and died December 31, 
1858. They reached Platte December 25, 1842, and settled eight 
miles east of Platte City. They were members of the Second 
Creek Christian Church. Ch : 

L SARAH B. BULLOCK, b. Sept. 10, 1839. 

II. DITDLEY B. BULLOCK, b. Aug. 12. 1841 ; m'd Jane Madison. 
Children : 

1. Haddir BiilIocl\ m'd June 10, 1890. James C. Strange. 

son of William Strange, who was b. Feb. 10, 1803. 

2. Litci/ Bi(Uocl\ m'd Dec. 22, 1880, Wm. Strange (ii). 

3. Effic Bullock, nvd Jan. 20, 1891. Nimrod Taylor. 
in. CLAYTON T. BULLOCK, b. Julv 7. 1843. 

IV. MERIDIA T. BI^LLOCK. b. Aug. 22, 1845. 
V. DAVID BULLOCK, b. :\rarch 1. 1848; m'd April 4, 1872, 
Laur.a I'rown, b. July 27, 1851. Ch: 

1. Ohrd Bullock. 2. Alc.r. Bullock. 3. Grovcr. 
VI. MARY AXX BI^LLOCK. b 20. 1850. 
VIL JAMES BULLOCK, b. .Inn. 13. 1853. 

VTIL WILLIAM M. BI'LLOCK. b. Julv 29. 1857; m'd Feb. 29. 1877. 
Alice Ka vener, b. A pril 29, 1 HCtfi. Ch : 

1. William. 2. ^faud. 3. Kemp. 4. Harn/. 5. Bessie. 
(!. (U)rdic Bullock. 

1858, DEC. 268 THE RAILEYS. 


J )aiiiel M. I\;ii U*y died at Weston in 1858. His lineage: 


Of Mrginia. uiaiiied Elizabeth Randolph, a younger sister of Jane 
Randolph, mother of Thomas Jefferson. Their son : 


l>ornin\'irgiuia October 27,1764, married Elizabeth Mayo, born in 
April, 1777, a daughter of William ^layo, a captain in the Revolu- 
liouary army. Their son: 


Born October 20, 179G, in Chesterlield County, Yirginia; married 
in XoYember, 181(>, Lucy J. Watson, born in May, 1801, a daughter 
of John "SA'atson, of Albermarle County, Ya. They came to Mis- 
souri in 1810, and settled at Weston in 1812. Daniel was a 
volunteer in the War of 1812. He died as above stated, in 1858. 
( 'hildren: 

I. JOHN MAYO RAILEY, b. in Yirginia November 20. 1821; 
jQi'd Oct. 6, 1812, Elizabeth Jane ir^teele, b. in Richmond, 
Ky., May 9. 1826; d. Nov. 17. 1892. She was a daughter of 
the venerable Oliver Steele (see), and a woman revered for 
many virtues. Mr. Railey ra'd 2d, Jan. 3, 1895, Miss Kate 
Reickard, of St. Joseph. In 1819 Mr. Railey became junior 
partner in the mercantile house of Post & Railey. in Wes- 
ton. In 1861 he succeeded Geo. T. Hulse as cashier of the 
Weston branch of the Mechanics' Bank; and when that 
branch wound up, in 1865. he joined his youngtM' brother. 
Egbei't W. Railey, in the present banking house of J. M. 
Railey «& Bro. The financial abilities and the moral in- 
tegrity of the brothers have made their bank one of the 
most solid institutions of the day. They are influential 
members of the Christian Church, and give substantial sup- 
]>oi-t to the improA-ements and chariti(^s of the tiuu's. The 
tii-st Mrs. Railey lived to celebi-ate her golden w(Hldiug. and 
Imm- (lea til was mncli lameut<Mk When, in 1880. the county 
debt was refunded, b\' substituting ('» pei* cent bonds for 10 
l)er cent. Mr. Railey was a])])ointed commissioner, and dis- 
charged his (\u\\ willi success and credit. Children of 
first wife: 

1. Sfidic I'dihji. iiiM 11. ('lift. Cockrell. iScci 

2. HaiDpfoii P. I'diJci/. ."!. Olirrr D. Railri/. 

4. I'dcdJi'Oiitas. uiM Ocl. 1. 1S77. Hicliaid S. .Iac(|neniin. 
soil of N. Jac(|uemin and A. Ziinmcr. and a brother 
of Mi-s. Jolin Zai-ii. He was boin in Ciciniany Feb. 
22. ISlS; came lo Aiiiciica in 1S.~)4. and finally 
settled at West (III in ls(;7. Hcic in ]>artnershi]) 
with F. \\'. Ilaiimi. and snbs(M|ncntly \villi R. O. 

1858, DEC. 269 OFFICERS. 

Slu'iikiu'i-, \w has bct'U a pi-ospei-ous un-i-chant. il*- 
lately ivniovtHl to F>iiilinsi,fton .Junction, Mo. 
.J. hJni Railcif. 
If. I'orAIIOXTASHAILKV. h. in 1S24; nid Nov. U, 1840, Jos. 
\'. I'ari'ott, brother of ])avi(l. (See.) 


IV. ELIZA .lAXK RAILKV, h. in 1Sl>7; inM T. D. S. .MacDonell. 
V. EGBERT \V. HAILEV, b. .June(;. 1830, in Albcrmarlc County. 

Va.; m'd Sept. 5, 1854, Mary E. McAdow, b. Dec. 28, 18:u;, 
dr. of Dr. Samuel McAdow. Mr. Kailey was in the mer- 
cantile business in Weston until 1805, when he became 
junior memb(M' of the bankinji house of -7. ^1. Railey & liro.. 
in Weston. ^Ir. Kailey as an individual, like the tirm of 
which lie is a member, enjoys unbounded coiitidence and 
esteem. Ch : 

1. Bertie M. Railri/, h. Nov. 18, 1858; m'd Feb. 17. 1881. 

John H. Hardesty. (See.) Ch: ["] Egbert Hard- 
6®ty; [''] SluM'tridge. 

2. Dixeif ^f. RaiJeif, b. :\rarch 10, 1801 ; m'd :May 0. 1881, 

J. E. Mavo, of Waco, Texas. 
n. Daniel ^f. RaiJei/. b. Dec. 10, 1873; m'd March 17. 1880. 
Annie Alderson, di'. of James C. (See.) 
VI. ANNA 1 5 ELLE KAILEY, b. in 1833. 
Vn. E:\rMA kailey, b. in 1830. 

The Railey family have many interesting- mementos, handed 
down from Colonial times, attesting a distinguished lineage, and 
showing they inherit the blood of Pocahontas, the Randolphs, the 
^larshalls. and the Jeffersons. 



Governor, K. M. Stewart; Representatives, S. M. McGuire and 
J. E. Pitt; Congressman, Ja.mes Craig; Circuit Clerk, W. C. Rem- 
ington; State Senator, J. T. V. Thompson; Sheriff, W. K. Bryant; 
Circuit Judge, E. H. Xoi-ton; Probate Judge, J. H. Clay Coclvrell; 
Circuit Attorney, J. M. r>ass<'tt; County Clerk. D. P. Lewis; 
County Justices, Broadhurst. Dunlajt, and Hays; County Attor- 
ney, J. E. Merryman; School Commissioner, W. (\ Baker; Treas- 
urer, H. J. Freeland; Surveyor, J. S. Owen; Coroner. L. P. Stiles, 
succeeded by B. S. Richards; Public Administrator. W. M. Paxton. 


.If Platte Cltji: Attorn<*ys — Bakei-, Clark, Harrington, Hern- 
don, Hollingsworth, I'axton, Pitt. Ross, Merryman, Spratt. Smith, 
Tebbs, Wilson. 

1859, JAN. 270 BUSINESS MEN. 

Physicians — Baldwin, Brown, Eastman, Guthrie, Hale, Hol- 
lingsworth, Marshall, Moore, Redman, Wallace, Walling. 

Merchants et al. — Addis (photo), Allen {Atlas), Almond, Pax- 
tou & Owen (mills), Beerv, Bishop (carding), Burge & Hogue 
(drugs). L'littord (hotel), Cochran, Conlev & Adkins, Doty, Ferrier, 
Fleshman.Fox, Gaylord (school), Gordon & Todd. Hettish, Jenkins, 
K. D. Johnston. Johnston & Withers, Oswald, Richards. Knopf, 
Magers. Murray & Freeland, Bwaney & Christison, Throckmorton, 
Waller «& Frost, S. A. Jack, Wilkinson, Wilson (tinner). Young, 
Zarn. Woolfolk. 

Lodges— Platte, No. 56, S. M. Havs, W. M.; W. M. Paxton, 
Sec. Xeb. No. 12, M. Kay, N. G.; W. C. Hatton, Sec. Sons of 
Malta. E. H Norton, Com. 

Preachers — Aug. Payne, G. L. Moad, G. S. Woodward. 

At Weston: Attorneys— Branch, Burnes, Byrd, Carroll, Don- 
ipliau. Lawson, McCurdy, Wolf. 

Physicians — Beaumont & Mitchell, Bonifant & Bower, 
Bowlby, Henson, Griswold, vShortridge. 

Merchants, etc. — Barbee (stable). Basye, Beechler, Bell. Belt, 
Branham & Norris, Collier & Rockwell, Conwell & Spencer, Col- 
man. Deitz, Doppler, George, Goldstein, Guenther, Harper, Heriot, 
Halyard. Kaufman, Klingstein, Knudson, Mettier, Miller, Myers. 
Mitchell, Newman, Noble, Ott & Weber, Perrys & Young, Raileys, 
Rhoring, Osborn, Sachs, Shannon. Shaw & Newhouse, Snell, 
Stiles, Turner, Tutt & Baker, Walker, Warner, Wells, Wood. 

(^ourt of Common Pleas — McCurdy, iudge; Hood, marshal; 
Price, clerk. 

At Parki-iUc: Ashby, Arnold. Campbell, Cloughs, Dale & 
Roberts, Davis, McComas & Stoddart. McDonald, Miller, Moore, 
Clardv, Ringo, Summers, Park. Woodsmall Woodward. 

.it Camden Point: Coffey, Flack, Forbi«. Hall. Howell 
(a.cademy). Reed, Thomas. 

At Farlei/: Faulkner, Johnson, Mason, Meads. Patton. 

At Hampton : F. Burnes. 

At Xrir Market: Armstrong, Bishop. Cartwright. Ogden. 
R^igsdale, Tufts. Wells, Baber. 

.4/ Rulqehi: Athv & Co., Deatlv & Co., Ellington, Gustin, 
Mayo. Sayle. Rev. R. Scott. 

N('\vsj>ap(n's — Ar(/us. weekly, at Weston, by the Wiseleys; 
Atlas-, we<-kly, at Platte City, by E. Allen; Courier, weekly, at 
Pnrkville, hy F. M. McDonald. 

]\rark('ts and Cro])S — The past year was favorable, and crops 
g(M)d. notwithstanding overflows. The bottoms raised nothing. 
Hogs, $4.00. on foot ; wood, f 2..50 per cord. Weston shipped 3,000 
Ions of hemi) in ISHO. 

Population of Sl..Ios("])h. 11.000. 

1859, JAN. 271 THE HUGHES. 


j,,„. / — Tlie yonujjj ladies of the riatlc (Miy Fcnialc AcadtMuj 
issue the lii-st number of a small monthly itajxT, called TJir Lilif. 
Only a few numbers appeared. 

John IJrown and ("apt. .Montgomery are oreatinji much dis- 
turbance in Kansas. 

J. 11. Mitchell havinjidied, .). V. Roberts administeicd. l>ond. 


Jan. 3 — Matthew Moore Hughes died six miles southeast of 
IMatte City. tS<?e the Hughes Family.) He was a son of John 
Hughes, and was born in Surry County, N. C, May 5, 1782. He 
married Mary Rogers, and came to Platte in 1837. bringing money 
and negroes. He settled on the headwaters of Todd's Creek, and 
inclosed a large prairie farm. He also purchased a large body of 
land on Ree Creek, and built the mill called by his name. He was 
a practical surveyor, and ran the north line of Platte, after 
meandering the Missouri River. The law^ under which he operated 
required the north line of the county to be so run as to include 400 
square miles, which was the smallest area allowed a county under 
the Constitution. The survey, with field-notes, was filed in our 
county clerk's office, but cannot now be found. In the work Gen. 
James Rrasfield and his son. Judge John S. Rrasfleld, were his 
assistants. In 1841 Mr. Hughes was appointed county court jus- 
tice, and he served a term. Being one of the earliest settlers and 
having several lovely daughters, his house was a favorite resort 
for the officers stationed at Fort Leavenworth. Judge Hughes 
was well read in English literature. I once heard him, when 
"boozy" (and he drank but seldom), i-ecite the whole of Pope's 
''Essay on Man." He was genial, generous, and hospitable in 
society, and judicious and enter]»rising in business. In lands and 
money he left a large estate for liis children. 

He married in 1810. in North Carolina, ^lary Rogei-s, a daugh- 
ter of Samuel. She was tall and dignified in person, and senti- 
mental, if not flighty, in her mind. I once visited her house; the 
front door was open, and as I approached I saw the lady standing 
with her head aloft, eyes directed to heaven, and, in plaintive 
tones, apparently in prayer, ai)pealiug to God. ^ly knock at the 
door broke her reverie, and I was received with ])olite condescen- 
sion. She survived her husband, and died August 0, 18(}0. Ch: 
I. ANN M. HT'GHES, b. T)ec. 11, 1814. in North (^irolina; m'd 
(Jideon Fianklin, and died in .Mississi]>])i, leaving several 
IT. MARTHA MOORE HUGHES, m'd Capt. B. D. Moore (see), 
b. in Bourbon Co., Ky., Sept. 10, 1810; killed at the battle 
of San Pasqual, Cal., Nov. (>, 1840. He entered the United 
States armv as lieutenant of (bagoons. A handsome monu 

1859, JAN. 272 THE HUGHES. 

meiit ill riatto City ceiiietery commemorates the death of 
Capt. Mooi-e, and his brother-in-law, Lieut. Hammond. 
They Avere surrounded by an overpowering force of Mexi- 
cans, and the wliole troop of 3G men were slaughtered. He 
left one child: 

1. Matthcir Joseph Moore, b. at Ft. Gibson May 7, 1840. 
On the death of Capt. Moore, the widow returned to 
her parents in I'latte. The son, when he had at- 
tained the proper age, was sent to the University of 
North Carolina and received a. classical education. 
When the war broke out, he enlisted in the Confed- 
erate army, and served to the end. November 20, 
1867, he married in Memphis, Mary Helen Webb, b. 
Dec. 3, 1842. In 1875 Mr. Moore left, with his family, 
for the West, and maj' now be addressed at Carpen- 
teria, Cal. Ch: ["] Ariana Moore, b. April 9, 1870; 
[^] Ben D., b. April 12, 1872; [f] Mary A. Moore, b. 
May 24, 1874; [''] Helen, b. Aug. 19, 1876; [e] James 
W., b. Oct. 12, 1878; [f] Robt. E. Moore, b. April 7, 
1881; [s'\ Matthew J. Moore (ii), b. Dec. 11, 1882. 
in. MARY A. HUOHES, d. March 11, 1861. She m'd 1st, Jan. 
28, 1845, at Fort Leavenworth, Lieut. T. C. Hammond. 
(See.) She m'd 2d, Feb. 22, 1849, Dr. Samuel Rixey (see), b. 
May 25, 1827, son of Richard Rixej^ (i) and Penelope Gibbs. 
Dr. Rixey was an excellent ph3^sician, and practiced at 
Platte City. Parkville, and other places in Platte and Clin- 
ton counties. The fruit of this marriage was: 

1. Richard Rixey, b. in 1854; m'd March 13, 1878, Lucy 

Yallandingham, dr. of Madison. She d. Jan. 12, 1888, 
leaving 1 child: [»] Frank Rixey. 
Dr. Samuel G. Rixey next m'd, March 7, 1864, Fannie 
l*enniston, who died childless. 

Dr. Rixev nvd 3d, March 19, 1868, Ellen Williams, dr. of 
Albert G. She was b. March 16, 1846; d. Nov. 21, 1878. 
Children : 

2. FAeanor, b. in 1868. 

3. Tirf/inia L.. b. in 1869; m'd Dec 21, 1892, Vernon C. 


4. ^Samuel G. Rixey (ii), b. in 1872. 

5. John H. Rixey, b. in 1875. 

Dr. Rixey took for his fourth wife, Jan. 12, 1881, Mrs. 
Reb. Zabrisky. widow of Win. Zabrisky (see), and daughter 
of Lewis ^IcDaniel. They se])arat(Hl, and Dr. Rixey is now 
ojtcrating for the Keelev Institute. 
IV. SA:\rrKLH. HTT^HES. (See.) 
V. FRAN( 'ES J. nrCTTES, m'd Dec. 1. 1840. Dr. Joseph Walker, 
b. in P»ei-nuida Island, May 24. 1813; d. Aug. 28, 1864. His 
parents were John Walker and Fannie Penniston; and his 
grandfather was Jos. Walker, who was born in England 
and settled in Bermuda. Joseph, Jr., came to the United 

1859, JAN. 273 THE RIXEYS. 

States, and iccoived a classical ('dncatioii at l^altiniore. He 
studied niediciiie. and eniered the United Slates army as 
a snrji'eon. Alter nianiaji'e. he i-esi<.;ned in A])i'il, 1849, and 
settled six miles southeast of IMatte City. He possessed 
superior mental en<lowments, as well as a linished educa- 
tion. His intluence anionj;' his neighbors was boundless; 
but he belonged to the "tire-eating" Southern tribe, of 
185(5-7. His ell'orts to silence Northern Methodist Episco- 
pal ])reachers brought u]»on him the vengeance of the 
"Red-leg" ])arty. After Kev. Charles Morris, the North- 
ern Methodist, had been cruelly murdered in .July, 18G4, in 
execution of the threat that all such should die, a son of 
Morris, at the head of a gang of outlaws, ai)]>rehended and 
shot Dr. Walker. Mrs. Walker still lives witli her children: 

1. John H. Walker, b. Aug. 22, 1845, at Ft. Scott; m'd 

Sept. 4, 1870, Marv J. Zabrisky. Ch: [«] Martha 
Walker; [^] Josejdi Z.; [f] Wm. Z. Walker. 

2. Man/ Walker, h. in Dec, 1849; m'd June 3, 1879, Sidney 

Ha vden, of Holton, Kansas. Ch: [^'] Charles Hay- 
deii; V>] Helen. 

3. Annie Walker, single. 

4. Mat. H. Walker, b. in 1855; d. Oct. 24, 1894; m'd June 3, 

188(;, (^arrie Singleton. Ch: [«] Joseidi Walker, b. 
in 1880; [''] Janu's, b. in 1888; [<?] John, b. in 1890; 
[d] Mary, b. in 1892. 

5. Samuel R. Walker, single. 

(5. Richard P. Walker, m'd Floy Robertson. Live in Kan- 
sas City. 
7. Moses K. Walker, b. in 1804; d. Oct. 27, 1895; m'd Sept. 

9, 1895, Docie Wood. 
Mrs, Frances J. WalkcM- m'd 2d, John A, Sydener. They 
We will give here an outline of 



Son of Richard, married Penelope (Jibbs, of Virginia. Ch: 
1. Richard H. Rirei/. (See.) 

Married a Brent. Ch : 

L CHAS. W. RIXEY, m'd Fannie Settle, daughter of John J. 

1. WelVuuitan W. iri.reif, b. Nov. 25, 185U; m'd Jan. 20, 1871, 

Jane Miller, b. Oct. 12, 1851, dr. of Jesse; dead. W. 
W. Rixey m'd 2d, in Oct., 1878. Mary J. Settle, dr. of 
James D. (See W. W. Rixev.) 

2. Thos. R. Ri.rei/, m'd Ellen Perrv, b. Sept. 27, 1820; d. in 

Flatte Dec. 22, 1890. Ch: " [«] Geo. W. Rixey, b. 

1859, JAN. 274 THE GLADDENS. 

Nov. 23, 1856; m'd Sept. 12, 1878, Lvdia Hoy (see). 
b. Feb. 8, 1859. They live near Settle. [^] Tlios P. 
Rixey, State lecturer for the I. O. O. F. of Missouri. 

Jan. 3 — The Platte City public cistern, at the southwest cor- 
ner of the court-house, having failed to hold water, the town 
board order it filled up. 

Jan 15 — The Bee Greek bridge, on the road to Weston, at 
Tatman's, built by Harvey, is finished and paid for. 

Col. Sumner is again in command at Fort Leavenworth. 

Jan. 25 — Dr. John W. Doy was apprehended in Kansas, for 
aiding runaway slaves from Missouri to escape. He was brought 
by Pro-slavery men to AYeston, examined before a justice of the 
peace, and committed to Platte City jail. He was removed to 
St. Joseph, and placed in charge of Jailer Brown. A party of his 
friends appeared at night, with (as they pretended) a noted 
prisoner to put in jail, and by artifice and intimidation got pos- 
session of the keys, and bore Doy away in triumph. 

The telegraph has reached Leavenworth. 


Feb. 1 — The St. John Episcopal Church buv a building lot in 
Block 13, Weston. 


Feb. 10 — David Gladden having died, his widow, Nancy, ad- 
ministered. Bond, 18,000. Mrs. N. Gladden died in August, 
1879, leaving: 

L NANCY GLADDEN (ii), b. Aug. 8, 1842; m'd Feb. 19, 1863, 
George Beery, b. in 1843, son of John A. He d. Jan. 27, 
1879- Mrs. Beery still lives with her children. Ch: 

1. Elizabeth Beery, b. April 4, 1866; m'd in 1884, Isaac 

Baker, of Clinton; 3 children. 

2. WiUiam, b. in 1864; went to Oklahoma Territory. 

3. Mari/ Been/, m'd Jesse Stone; 3 children. 

4. Julia Been/, m'd Geo. Cook; 2 children. 

5. Cicorqia Been/. 6. James Been/. 

n. NATIFL OLADl^EN, b. in 1851; m'd'a Frnncis. 
in. SAKAII GLADDEN, m'd a ^fcCracken and was divorced. 


Feb. 11 — Lucy Throckmorton having died. J. F. Broadhurst 
ndininislcred. Bond. $3,000. Slie wns a Holladay, a sister of 
licnjauiin and David. Her husband, John J. Throckmorton (i), 
died in 1853 in Kentucky. Mrs. Thi-ockmortou and her son, John 
J. (ii). came to Platte in 1854. The latter is still an enterprising 
citizen, having been a farmer, a stock-raiser, a hotel-keeper, etc. 

1859, FEB. 275 JOHN BRUNTS. 

He married Jaimaiy -1, 1858. Elizabeth C. Bowen. They took 
charge of the Virginia Hotel, iu Thitte City; but when the war 
broke out,' in 1861, he enlisted in Capt. Mitchell's company of 
Confederates, and hastened to the supi)ort of Gen. S. Price, at 
Lexington. Ch: 

I. CHAS. B. THROCKMORTON, m'd Aug. 28, 1882, Laura 


Mr. J. J. Throckmorton (i) had another son, Lewis W., who 
never came to this county. He married Jennie Williams, and 
Dr. J. H. Throckmorton, of Platte Citv, is their son. He was born 
November 9, 18G8; married Oct. 23, 1893, Lela Collins, b. Dec. 29, 
187M, daughter of :M. P. Collins. (See.) A third son of John J. 
Throckmorton (i) was John A. Throckmorton, who died in Hous- 
ton, Texas, December 28, 1895. A fourth son was J. W. Throck- 
morton, a governor of Texas. 


Feb. hi — John Brunts having died, John Heath administered. 
Bond, |4,0()0. His widow, Mary J. Brunts, died February 27, 1883, 
aged 59 years. Children of first wife: 

I. BETSY BRUNTS, m'd Richard Clarkson. 
IL SALLY, m'd Allen Horn. 
IIL CYNTHIA BRUNTS, m'd Ed. T. Perkins, b. April 23, 1809. 
Thev came to Platte in 184:1. After Cynthia's death, Mr. 
Perldns m'd Oct. 11, 1870, Mrs. Eliz. A. Noland. 
IV. NANCY BRUNTS, m'd W. L. Blanton. (See.) 

V. MARGARET BRUNTS, m'd Jas. Flannerv. (See.) 
VL MARTHA BRUNTS, m'd James Mahon. 

VIL FANNY BRUNTS, m'd June 8, 1843, Jas. Flannery. (See.) 
VIIL REBECCA BRUNTS, m'd Azrael Dotv. 
IX. MINER^M, m'd Robert Brent. 

X. HARRIET BRUNTS, m'd Isaac Fades, d. Mav 1, 1849. 
XL ELLEN BRUNTS, m'd Sept. 21, 1847, Isaac Hoover. She 
died, and he m'd Oct. 11, 1857, Mary Fugate. He died in 
Feb., 1872. 
XIL JOHN L. BRUNTS, went to Kansas. 

The foregoing were children of Mr. John Brunts' first wife, 
whose name I cannot learn. The following are children by his 
second wife, ^lary J. : 

XIIL ELIZA J." BRUNTS, m'd suceessivoly a Metcalfe and a 

XIV. CASSIE BRUNTS, m'd a Chapman, and died. . 

XV. EMELINE, is in the lunatic asvlum at St Joseph. 

XVL SAMUEL BRUNTS, b. Sept." 10. L«^50; m'd Feb. 14. 1892, 
Martha J. Heath, b. Nov. 8. L«558, dr. of John. 

1859, MARCH. 276 RAILROAD?. 


March J/ — R. P. C. Wilson enrolled as an attorney. 

The Weston & Atchison Railroad Company was chartered, 
under the General Statutes, and John Doniphan made president. 
The city of Weston took |50,000 of stock, and issued bonds, which 
were afterwards declared yoid. 

April 27, 1859, ground was broken in the presence of a large 

July 15, 1859, the W^ & A. Railroad and A. & St. J. Railroad 
were consolidated Ayith the Platte Country Railroad. 

In January, 1860, the road went into operation to Atchison. 
In December, 1861, it was finished to latan, and connected with 
Weston and Leayenworth by steamboats. April 4, 1861, the road 
was finished to Weston. 

In 1863 the name was changed from the Platte County Rail- 
road to Plate Country Railroad. In 1867 it took the name of the 
Missouri Valley Railroad, and in 1870 the road was named 
K. C, St. J. & C. B. Railroad. 

March 9— J. H. Bell is appointed commissioner of the poor- 
house, and is charged |2.50 per acre rent, and is allowed |2 per 
Ayeek board for inmates. 

March 15 — Benjamin Walker haying died. Henry Basye ad- 
ministered. Bond, |6,000. His widow, Nancy, had died in 1856. 
Ch: 1, Wm. Walker; 2, Andrew J. 


March 25 — Jonathan Bonnell haying died, Huston McFarland 
administered. Bond, .f 10.000. Ch: 

I. WM. S. BONNELL, d. Jan. 18, 1891. 
IL ELIZABETH, m'd a Highfield. 
V. JONA. R. BONNELL. VL REBECCA, m'd a Lawless. 
VIIL A DAT'C.HTER, m'd a Wallace, (^h : 

1. JoitatJid)!. 2. Rebecca A>i)) Wallace, m'd a Hayues. 
.3. Tr/7//V/^// Wallace. 

4. f^ehnaii H. Wallace, m'd Dec. 2.18(;6. Sarah A. Simmons. 

5. Thoniaft. 6. l^arali J., m'd .Tohn Webber. 
7. Marji .L, m'd .Tacob Hanini, -Tr. 


Apr'}! 1 — The Salt Lake trade is yigornusly jjrosecutf^d. ^\. L. 
Young ])urchased in IMiiladelphia a large stock of goods, and 
started west with them. At Atchison they were attached ; but an 


assigniiu'iit to (". A. Pcriv was pi-odiucd. and a l<»ii<; litigatiou 

April .'/ — The couiit.v tal<('s ij;!. ()()() slock in the tni'iipike from 
Weston to Platte City. 

W. S. Keybuin takes out license for a ferry al Leavenworth 
for |()0. 

April 7 — The county coui't orders a pavement to be con- 
structed in front of the new < lerk's ottice. 

Tim. Turner having died, J. F, Broadhurst administered. 
Bond, |4,()00. He lived a few miles west of Barry. 

April 29 — Ground broken for the W. & A. Railroad. A grand 
barbecue, above Weston, commemorated the event. It was fin- 
ished April 1, 1801. 



Warrants drawn .f21,09.3.14 

( V)llections 17,015.29 

Deficit 14,077.85 

County taxes assessed, .1f2().14(;.()(). Levy, 25 cents; poll, .37^ 

Expenses in Detail. 

liear Creek bridge .f 200.00 

Weston bridge 1,000.00 

Upper Bee Creek bridge 2,085.00 

riatte City bridge 142.00 

Roads and bridges .3,201.00 

Poor 1,588.00 

Printing 289.00 

Stationery :i94.00 

Sheriff (P.iyant). 1.181.00 

Court-house 539.00 

•lail, cells . . 1,010.00 

Jail 357.00 

County Attorney (^lerryman) 75.00 

Treasurer (Freeiand) 070.00 

County Justices (Broadhurst, Hays, and Layton) 580.00 

Circuit Clerk (Remington) 040.00 

County Clerk (Lewis) 1.042.00 

Assessors 1 07.00 

School Commissioner 253.00 

Clerks' offices 4,381.00 

Sundries 081.14 

Total .121.093.14 

1859, MAY. 278 ALEX. WOODLAND. 

May 1 — Ethan Alleu retires, and Gist & Short take charge of 
the Atlas, as editors. W. C. Eemington and H, C. Cockrill are 

Hay 3 — latau is incorporated for school purposes. 

May 7 — Barry Cumberland Presbyterian Church buys a lot 
for a house of worship, 


May 14 — Alex. Woodland haying died, Louisa Woodland ad- 
ministered. Bond, 15,000. Ch: 

L ELIZA A. WOODLAND, m'd Jas. Hisel. 
IL ELIZABETH, m'd Jac. Armbruster. 
in. PAULINA F. WOODLAND, m'd W. H, Bramlett, 

2Iay 2^— JAMES NICHOLS haying died, Mary and James 
Boydston administered. Bond, |35,000. Mr, Nichols left a large 
landed estate, on the Buchanan line, and many heirs to inherit it. 

May 29—GAFT. ANDREW JOHNSON died at Louisville, 
Ky,, from the effects of an operation for stone in the bladder. His 
remains were brought back and buried at his home on Bee Creek. 


Berwick Johnson was a brother of Vice-President Richard M, 
Johnson, the hero of the battle of the Thames. The family came 
at an early day to Bryant's Station, so celebrated in the early his- 
tory of Kentucky. Berwick was the father of Capt. Andrew 
Johnson, and his mother's name was Phena, I have heard Capt. 
Johnson tell of the dangers that surrounded the early settlers of 
Kentucky, and of his mother molding bullets for the men when 
the Station was surrounded by Indians, 

Capt. Andrew Johnson was born at Bryant's Station, in Ken- 
tucky, May 21, 1790, His education was limited, but his courage 
and patriotic zeal caused him, at the first call, to enlist in his 
uncle Richard M. Johnson's regiment of mounted rifles, for the 
War of 1812. His chivalrous nature brought him always to the 
front, and at the post of danger. He rose to the command of a 
company, which he led at the Raisin and the Thames. 

December 5, 1821, Captain Johnson married, in Scott County, 
Ky., Jemima Suggett, born August 22, 1805; died in Platte 
City in 1852, She was, when I knew her, large and fleshy. 
Her heai-t overflowed with tenderness, and her generous nature 
s])()k(' in fliai'ity. In 18^7 Capt. Jolinson was stationed at St. 
Louis, as an Indian agent. In 18.'mS he visited Platte, and selected 
tlie quarter-section of land on Pleasant Ridge afterwards owned 
by Jos. Nower. In 1840 he united with the Old-school Baptist 
Church, and donated to Unity (Flint-lock) Baptist Church the 
ground upon which the church still stands. 

1859, MAY. --'79 THE JOHNSONS. 

Ill Kentucky, Capt. Joliiisou icitrcscntod Scott County one 
term in the State Legislature. In Missouri, he was elected, in 
1844. to the State Senate. His chivalrous teiuperainent, his gen- 
erous soul, his jialriotisiu, and his el()(|uence. secui-ed to him con- 
tidence and love, and made him a great favorite witli the people. 
He came, about 1850, to IMatte City, and spent a few years within 
a stone's thi*ow of my home. ()i;r relations were intimate and 
confidential — I atte^nded to his legal business and administered 
on his estate. His noble nature and generous heart endeared him 
to me. Cli : 

I. ELIZA JAXE JOHNSON, b. in Scott Co., Ky., April 14, 
1S1I2: d. in IMatte Oct. 1, 18(;i»: m'd Christopher A. Skill- 
man, b. Sept. (>, 181:?, in Loudoun Co.,A"a.; d. in Kansas 
City Aug. 14, 1880; buried at Platte City. Isaac Skillman, 
fatlier of Chris. A., removed in 1814 to Bourbon Co., Ky., 
and in 18^10 the son came to Platte. He settled five 
miles north of Platte City, and opened a large farm. He 
m'd 2d, April .",, 187.'?, Miss Bettie Brown, and in 1883. 
divided his large estate among his children, retaining a 
share for himself and wife, and removed to Kansas City, 
where by judicious investments he secured a comfortable 
fortune. ^Ir. Skillman was a handsome and urbane gentle- 
man, an experienced fai-mer, and a successful stock-raiser, 
(.'hildren bv his first wife: 

1. Viemm E. fH-Ulnimi, b. May 17, 1842; m'd Sept. 18. 1860, 

John B. Slone, brother of the surveyor, Wm. V. Slone. 
They have reared a familv in the West. 

2. Elvira J. SUaUman, b. Jan. 4, 1844; m'd Nov. 28, 1806, 

W. C. Wilhite. (See.) They live in Huntsville, Mo. ; 
4 children. 

3. Amui (T/.s.s(V) Slkilhixnh b. Sei>t. 30, 1848. She received 

a superior education at Camden Point and at Platte 
Citv. She m'd 1st, Feb. 23, 1870, John J. Ravmond, 
who d. Feb. 17, 1881. Ch: [«] John S. Raymond, 
b. in 1871; m'd in Sept., 1896, Carrie B. Wringer, 
\^] Belle, b. April .5, 1873; m'd Dec. 5. 180.5, S. M. 
(Iriflith; [^] Lida. Ravmond, b. in 1877; [^'] Henrv, 
b. in 1880. They settled near Barry. After the 
death of Mr. Raymond, his widow m'd ^fay 3. 1887, 
Jas. H. Calvert. They live near Linkville, and have 
children: [f] Cjaudine; [f] Dallas Calvert. 

4. .Jolml.l^kiUwau. (See.) 

5. Henry C. ^Mllman, b. June 4, \^^'2\ m'd Alice A, Con- 

way, of Liberty, Mo. INlr. Skillman, in 1881, estab- 
lished a general store, at Settle's Station, but on 
Jan. 26, 1805, was burned out. He was postmaster 
at that station. By judicious management, he built 
np a large and lucrative l)usiness. Ch: [«] John 
C. Skillman. The stoi'e was rebuilt. 

1859, MAY. 280 THE JOHNSONS. 

By his second wife, who still lives iu Kansas City, Mr. 
Skillnian had one charming- daughter: 

6. Mary E. ^kUhnun, b. Jan, 10, 1874; lives with her 
mother, in Kansas City. 
II. ANXIE L. JOHNSON, b. July\>3, 1828; d. Nov. 29, 1852; m'd 
April G, 1815, Dr. William Baldwin, b. in Washington, Ky., 
March 1, 1813 ; d. in St. Paul, Minn., Jan. 19, 1886. He was 
a son of James Baldwin and Sarah Harris, dr. of Edward 
Harris, first postmaster of Washington, Ky., appointed by 
President Washington. Dr. Baldwin m'd 2d, Miss Harriet 
Gage, of New Jersey, who still lives at St. Paul. Dr. Bald- 
win was a brother of the distinguished lawyer, Jas. H. 
Baldwin. (See.) After graduating at the University of 
Ohio, and taking his degree of medicine from the University 
of Pennsylvania, Dr. Baldwin practiced three years at 
Wetumka, Ala. He then removed to Platte City, Mo. In 
November, 18G8, he removed to St. Paul, where a sister, 
Mrs. Webb, had long resided. Dr. Baldwin was eminent in 
his profession, and received a second degree from the Ohio 
Medical College, at Cincinnati. His diligent reading and 
accurac}^ of information brought him reputation as a 
scholar; and his skill in medicine brought him patients and 
fortune. Social and genial in his disposition, his conversa- 
tion was interesting and instructive. He was a student all 
his life, and laid by a vast fund of accurate information in 
history, philosophy, and science. A son of Dr. Baldwin's 
second wife died when four years old. By his first wife 
he had: 

1. James Andrew Bakhvin, b. in Platte Citv April 12, 1846 ; 
m'd Oct. 1. 1878, Minnie Redman, b.Dec. 8, 1856, dr. 
of the late Dr. E. C. Redman, (See.) He graduated 
at the Medical Department of the Louisville Uni- 
versity. He resembles his father personally, intel- 
lectually, morally, and socially. He stands at the 
headof his profession, and enjoys a lucrative practice. 
An elder in the Presbyterian Church, he is active in 
moral and religious work. His wife is a lovely wo- 
man, and his children are intelligent, modest, and 
well-behaved. Ch: [^'] Florence D, Baldwin, b. 
Dec. 26, 1879; ['>] William R, Baldwin, b. :May 28, 


in. ELVIRA :M. JOHNSON, b, Feb, 8, 1830: m'd 1st, Samuel A, 
Jack (see), b. Oct. 7, 1818. He di(Ml childless, and she m'd 
2d, Sept. 21, 1854, James H. Connelly, a lawyer and a forci- 
ble s]>eak(M'. They made tlu'ir home in Platte County until 
1870. Avhen they removcnl to Kansas City. He engaged in 
buying, im])roving, and selling real estate, and prospered 
until he was stricken with palsy. The family removed to 
Warrensburg and keep a hotel. Mr. Connelly died Feb. 11, 
1S97. Their children: 


1. Andrciv J. [Utid) Coiutclli/, is a man of iiUelligciice, uud 

a chaste speaker. As a Democratic politician and 
orator, lie is well known. 

2. Anna I'onndli/, was a lovely girl, but a shadow rests 

upon her reason. 
IV. SIMEON T. 15. .lOHXSOX, h. .Inly 28, lS:iL>; in'd 1st, Feb. U, 
185G, Elizab(>th .McCart. di: 

1. Belle Jolinson. 2. Liic^. .'>. Funnle. 

Mr. Johnson married a<;ain, and, as an auctioneer, has 
made a living in Kansas City, Platte City, and elsewhere. 
V. HLCIIARD MENTOR .JOHNSON (ii), b. July 31, 1836; m'd 
Nov. 27, 18.5(5, Sallie A. Calvert, b. Nov. 22, 1837; d. Nov. 
22, 1802. Dick is a generous soul — pure, true, kind, and 
unselfish; and he has troops of friends. He was w^ell- 
educated and had large experience as a merchant. With 
his brother, (Icorge, h(^ engaged in merchandizing in Platte 
City. When (leoigc died, Richard retired to his farm on 
Bee Creek. This he sold, and removed to IJelton, ^fo., 
where he has twice been appointed postmaster. Ch: 

1. Jemima Johnson, b. in 1857; m'd a Yocom; 3 children. 

2. Katharine B. Johnson, b. in 1859; m'd a Harelson; 3 


3. Benj. H. Johnson, b. in 1801; m'd Dec. 21, 1892, Minnie 


4. Lyda E. Johnson, b. in 1804; m'd a Calvert; 3 children. 

5. Cassandra, b. in 1870. 0. Richard M. {in), b. in 1872. 

VI. GEO. W. JOHNSON, b. Feb. 10, 1838; d. Sept. 18. 1866; m'd 

April 29, 1861, Katharine Calvert. They had : 
1. Georf/e W. Johnson (ii). b. Aug. 5, 1800; single. 
Mrs. Kate Johns(m m'd 2d, John I?ales. They live in 


VII. LAURA E. JOHNSON, b. :March 10, 1840; m'd Jan. 28, 1864. 

Richard N. Harrington, b. in Platte July 24, 1837. Laura 
was a beautiful girl, and is now a handsome and matronly 
lady. Mr. Harringtim was a son of Miles Harrington. (See.) 
He practiced law in Platte City for some years, and then 
retired to his wife's IJee (Veek farm and engaged in mill- 
ing. April 8, 1873, he sold the mill and farm to Isaac C. 
Packer, and removed to Kansas City, where he engaged in 
several pursuits, unsuccessfully. In October, 1888. he came 
to Platte City, and erected a pleasant dw(dling. This was 
sold, and at Dearborn lie started the Drinorrat, which he 
])ublished until his death. He was ajtpointed postmaster 
at Dearborn in November, 1893, and his son succeeded him. 
Mr. Harrington was a superioi' rhetorician, but lacked in 
logic. He was a fine writer of sketches, and delighted in 
display; but sui-rcMidered all othei- principles to his Demo- 
cratic ])olitics. In soci(4y he was an urbane gentleman. 
and a generous and true friend. He died Nov. 22. 1890. Ch 

1859, MAY. 282 GEO. W. MURPHY. 

1. Conndli/ Haningtoih b. Dec. 14, 1864; m'd April 28, 

1892, :\[inuie Kemper, b. Feb. 9, 1864. Mr. Harring- 
ton received a finished education under the tuition 
of the kite celebrated educator, Prof. F. G. Gaylord, 
and himself engaged in teaching. After several 
years' experience, he studied law, removed west, and 
practiced in Idaho. In 1887 he returned, and was 
admitted to our bar in August, 1888. In April, 1890, 
he purchased the Plattsburg Jeffersonian, w^hich he 
made one of the leading Democratic papers of the 
State. In October, 1894, he sold out and went west, 

2. WiUiani P. Harrington, is a chaste and forcible writer, 

and a large and handsome man. He helped his 
father on the Dearborn Democrat, and succeeded him 
as postmaster. 

Maif 30 — Thomas Simpson's estate administered bv W. H. 
Bell. Bond, |1,500. 


June 1 — George W. Murphy having died May 1, 1859, his 
widow, Jane W., administered. Bond, |6,000. Ch: 

I. JOHN C. MURPHY, m'd Feb. 18, 1862 Lucy F. Jackson. 
Live in Osage Co., Kansas. 
in. JAS. C. MURPHY, b. Feb. 26, 1842; m'd Nov. 13, 1873, Fan- 
nie Alvis; diecl Dec. 5, 1886. Ch: 
1. Oscar. 2. Charles. 3. Edicard. 
IV. GEO. W. (ii), in Texas; m'd Dec. 26, 1877, Fannie Owens. 
V. LEAH MURPHY, m'd Geo. Endicott; 5 children. 
VL NANCY J., d. in 1873 ; m'd March 4, 1866, Morgan Cockrael. 

1. Eugene Cocl-rael. 


June 10 — Thomas Tuder having died, his widow, Elizabeth, 
administered. Bond, |16,000. Thomas Tuder married in Madi- 
son County, Ky., Elizabeth Titus, who died in 1870. They re- 
moved to Howard County, Mo., and thence came to Platte, about 
L840. settling foui- miles southeast of Platte City. ]Mr. Tuder was 
an intelligent Christian gentleman, and highly esteemed for 
jM-ctbitv iind honor. Ch: 

r. KLTZABETTT TUDER, b. in Howard Oct. 6, 1835; m'd in 
Platte Nov. 22, 1850, Dabney Perkins, b. March 4, 1822, in 
Boone Co., Mo., son of Jessie Perkins, of Virginia, and 
Fannie Turner, of Madison Co.. Ky. He was a grandson of 
Michael I'erkins, of Virginia. ^Ir. Perkins came in 1844. 
He served eighteen months in (^'apt. Pres. vSirapson's com- 
pany of Enrolled Missouri Militia. Ch : 

1859, JUNE. 283 P. & G. R. RAILROAD. 

1. Jcssv T. rrrkhis, b. (>(l. L'T, IS.")."); lu'd liis (Mnisin, Eliza 

I»erkius. Cli: ["j Sarah; [''1 .VlniHi. 

2. John F. Perkins, b. Sei)t. 9. 1857. 

8. Joel T., b. March 28. 1859; iii'd :Ma.y Linendall. 

4. Squire T. Perkins, b. .hiiic 2.''., 18()0; m'd Hala Brewer. 

5. Arzela F. Perkins, b. .luiie 10, 1802; ni'd Homer 


6. Lizzie .}f. Perkins, b. May 2, 1804; m'd Daniel Lewis. 

Ch: ["] Fannie M. Lewis; [''] Ella; ['] Eugene; 
[d] Bettie. 

7. Charles Perkins, b. in Feb., 1809; dead. 
S. Paid, h. in 1872; dead. 

9. Cynthia, b. Feb. 9, 1872; m"d Oct. 15, 1890. Larkin E. 

Tinder. (See.) 
10. A76e/-^b. inl870. 11. Frnest. 
in. SAKAIT ANN TT^DEB, m'd Dr. Kimsey. He was, about 
1849. killed by his wife's father. Thomas Tnder. and her 
only son died. She now liyes. childless, in Platte City. 

June 2'') — The Platte County Agricultural and ^Fechanical 
Association buy ground at Tracy. 


Haying been organized, let out to Matton. Messer & Co., the con- 
tract to do the grading of their road from Parkyille to Cameron. 
A large portion of the work was done, and in January, 1801, the 
contractors failed. The county court took |200.000 stock in the 
com]»any. and issued .fl25.000 in 10 per cent bonds. Afterwards 
the other .f 75,000 was issued by Judge Aller, These sums, with 
compound interest, when funded, constituted three-fourths of our 
county debt. Many farmers on the route of the road subscribed 
from 1 100 to .f500. which they were afterwards compelled to pay. 


Aug. 1 — At a special election. Jas. S. Owens was chosen 
surveyor. The election at Weston resulted as follows: For 
judge of court of common pleas — James Doniphan. 888; H. J. 
Wolf, 254. For clerk— Jas. A. Price, 204; D. C. Dale, 118; R. W. 
Lasley, 159. 


This year will be remembered as the era of the Sons of ]Malta. 
At Platte City all the leading men Avere members of the order. 
Lodges were formed everywhere. The initiations and orgies 
called out crowds. The candidate was subjected to a severe ex- 
amination, and a false and ludicrous interpretation was placed on 

1859, AUG. 284 GOLDEN ERA. 

his answers. He was blindfolded, dressed as a harlequin, placed 
in ludicrous attitudes, of which he was unconscious, and made, 
by implication, to confess a thousand delinquencies and crimes, all 
of which he was told were "recorded" in the proceedings. Judge 
Norton was Holy Commander, R. X. Harrington secretary, and 
Wni. E. Oliver personated Death, lying in a coffin, with flour 
rubbed upon his face to produce pallor, and pokeberry stains to 
indicate blood. While all others were convulsed with laughter, 
the candidate was sternly reproved for levity. When brought to 
light, before a. large looking-glass, the candidate was told to "see 
himself as others see him"; the shouts of merriment were unre- 
strained, while the candidate divested himself of his burlesque 
costume. The candidate was sure to attend the next meeting, to 
laugh at what he had lately unwittingly passed through, while 
blindfolded. The order of the Sons of Malta soon exhausted its 
material, and ran out. 


Of Platte County was the year 1859. Large crops of hemp sold 
at round prices. Negro traders paid fabulous prices for slaves, 
^loney was never more abundant. Western explorations had 
opened new avenues for enterprise. Mules, oxen, and wagons 
were in demand for the West. The trade upon the plains demanded 
provisions and supplies. California emigrants had returned, 
with full pockets; and the growing cities of western Missouri and 
eastern Kansas offered ready markets for stock and provisions. 

Society had improved. Prof. Todd's female school, with open 
parlors, had daily receptions. Prof. Gaylord's male academy 
inspired the youth to higher attainments. Camden Point had 
both male and female academies, and Prof. Vineyard, at Pleasant 
Ridge, prided himself upon the thorough education he imparted. 
Examinations and exhibitions gathered vast crowds, and picnics 
occurred weekly. The assessment of the year, |7,798,618.00 was 
the largest in our history. Lands were "rising rapidly." 

Aiif/. 2— Wm. McGinnis is allowed |400 for making a 20-foot 
l)avement of stone in front of the clerks' offices. 

Avf/. 20 — Geo. P. Dorriss advertises "cash for negroes to take 
south." He builds a dungeon on his farm to confine them. 

An Athift of this date is extant, published bv W. H. Gist and 
X. D. Short, at Platte City, |2, Xo. 22, Vol. ?,. 

Aug. 2Ji — St. John's Episcopal Church, at Weston, is 

Avg. 29 — Raili'oad meeting at the court-house, addressed by 
J. T. v.* Thompson. 

Thomas Tlioroughnian cuiolled as an attorney. 

1859, SEPT. 285 JOEL GARGES. 


Sept. 5 — Tlie county court orders ;in election to (leterniine 
whether the county shall lake .^l.~)0,()()t) of stock in the IMatte 
County Kailroad from Kansas City to St. Joseph. The second 
Monday in NoviMulx'i* is set for the election. 

John II. Wilhite. president of the Weston and Platte City 
Turn{)ike Company. re])orts 2 miles of the road complete, and the 
county court jiiants him a warrant foi' fino. 

T. B. King enrolled as an attorney-. 

Sept. 9 — Elizabeth Trewitt, of Marshall Township, having 
died, G. W. Hood administers. Bond, |2,()00. 

Sept. 12 — Lewis Burnes enrolled as an attorney. 

Prof. Gaylord re-o])ens his Platte City ^lale Academy, with 
increased attendance. 

0( ^TOBER. 

Oct. 7— A party of Thos. Herndon's fi-iends ask him to allow 
them to i)rint, in ])amphlet form, his poems. He gives consent, and 
the Atlas office sends forth the booklet of 10 pages, w^hich is sold 
at 50 cents. The merits of Mr. Herndon's poems are the heroic 
violations of etymology, syntax, and prosody. It did one's heart 
good to hear him grandiloquently recite his verses, and satisfac- 
torily show the drolleries and excellencies that no one else could 

Oct. -'f — Henrv Mvers having died. Teter Mvers administered. 
Bond, 114,000. 

Oct. 11 — The Second County Fair near Tracy commenced. 
High and well-constructed seats, well covered, extended half way 
around the circle, capable of seating 7,000 people. I*arallel with 
the highest seat, a five-foot promenade, the full length of the seats, 
was constructed. Twenty-five dollars ])aid for- a share, admitted 
one and his family to the grounds forcncr. The attendance 
of 1850 was ])erha]»s the largest in the histoi-y of the fair. No 
drinking nor gambling was permitted, and the fair was a glorious 
reunion of a i)rosperous and happy people. 


Oct. 18 — .Joel (Jarges having died. E. W. Brink administered. 
Bond, 12.500. Mr. Garges maii-ied Elizabeth Zacharv, aunt of 
W. D. Zacharv. Thev lived north of PaHvville. Ch: 
L NATHAN GARGES, m'd in 184:^. Margaret E. Cooper, b. 
Feb, 7, 1821; d. March 20, 1892. Their daughter, 
1. Eliza J. (llar(/cfi, m'd Henrv H. Grav. 
n. JAMES GAR(}ES, b. Mav 1, 1822; ni"d Jan. lU. 1854, Miriam 
Noland. Ch: 

1859, NOV. 286 J. W. TH0:MAS. 

1. Daniel Gcirges. 2. William. 3, Xathan (ii). 

4. Arena, m"d Nov. 8, 1883, AY. T. Noland. 

III. CYXTHIA E. GARGES, m'd Dec. 30, 1852, William Brink, 

d. in Oct., 1893. Tliev lived in Oklahoma. 

IV. MARTHA M. GAROES, b. June 28, 1827; m'd Sept. 27, 1817, 

Elijah W. Brink, b. Mav 5, 1823 ; d. Kov. 19, 1895. Ch : 
1. Joel Brink. 2. Charles H. 3. JolmW. 
1. Martha, m'd J. Xoland. 

5. James Y., m'd Mahala E. Hopkins. 

V. ZILPAH GARGES, d. Oct. 13, 1872; m'd John Noland, b. in 
Jessamine Co., Kv., Feb. 22. 1817 ; d. March 13, 1892. Came 
to Lafayette Co., Mo., in 1831, and thence to Platte in 1837. 
Children : 

1. Matthias F. Xoland b. Aug. 18, 1814; m'd Jan. 10. 

1861. Eliza Grav, b. July 11, 1842, dr. of Henry. Ch : 
[«] Zilpah Alice Xoland, m'd Feb. 25, 1886, Henry S. 
Galbraith. Ch: [7] Arthur Galbraith; [2] Lottie; 
[3] Lena. ['^] John Nic. Xoland, b. Oct. 9, 1869 ; m'd 
Jan. 18. 1893, Minerva Fickle; [c] Cora Ellen Xo- 
land, b. Feb. 18, 1872; m'd Oct. 2, 1890, John W. 
Timber-lake. b. Feb. 5, 1868. Ch: [1] Rov, b. Aug. 
15, 1892. [f?] Walter Xoland. 

2. James H. Xoland b. in 1852; d. Jan. 7. 1895; m'd Oct. 

15. 1876, Sidney Jane Dunagan, b. June 6, 1856j dr. 
of James. 


Xov. 1 — Farley Lodge, Xo. 177, Odd Fellows, instituted, with 
Israel Heath, X. G. 

The Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Barry, organized 
in 1826. entered their new house in 1859. They still continue a 
zealous and efficient congregation. 

Xor. 2.2 — Dr. Oscar F. Bowers, of Weston, having died. Dr. Ben 
Bonifant administered. Bond, $5,000. Dr. Bowers was a partner 
of Dr. Bonifant, and left him all his property. 


Xov. 23 — John W. Thomas having died, Pres. Simpson admin- 
istered. Bond. 12.000. Ch : 

I. R. ]\I. THOMAS, is a venerable Baptist preacher, and as an 
evangelist traverses all parts of northwest Missouri. 

in. SARAH, mVl John W. Smith, b. in Lexington. Ky., May 26, 
1827. Came to Platte in 1859, and settled five miles south 
of Platte City. He is an excellent citizen and a zealous 
Odd Fellow; and he served in Capt. P. Simpson's company 
of Enrolled Missouri Militia, di: 

1859, DEC. 287 OFFICERS. 

1. Mary E. ^niUh, m'd K. G. C'l-awford. 

2. SaraJi C. Sniitli, in'd W. I'. Lantci-, son of Davis. 


Dec. 1 — Abe Lincoln spoke at St. Joseph. 

Dec. 2 — We have had pleasant weather nnlil to-day, but the 
mercury this nioining was 31° below zero, 

Dec. 3 — The Missouri Kiver is frozen over. 

Dec. 9 — John H. Wilhite, ] (resident, reports 2^ miles more of 
the Weston and IMatte Cily Turnpike complete, and the county 
court grants him $200. 



Governor, R. M. Stewart; Representatives, S. McGuire and 
J. E. Pitt; Congressman, James Craig; Circuit Judge, E. H. Nor- 
ton; Senator, J. T. V. Thompson ; Circuit Attorney, J. M. Bassett; 
Probate Judge, H. C. Cockrell; Circuit Clerk, W. C. Remington; 
County Justices, J. F. Broadhurst, Pres. Duulap, and S. M. Hays; 
County Clerk, D. P. Lewis; Treasurer, H. J. Freeland; County 
Attorney, J. E. Merryman; Surveyor, J. S. Owens; Sheriff. W. K. 
Bryant; Public Administrator, W. M. Paxton; Coroner, B. S. 

CENSUS OF 1860. 


Missouri 1,182,012 

Platte County, white 14,981 

Platte County, slaves 3,313 

Platte County, free colored 56 18,350 

Platte County, native born 16,678 

Platte County, foreign 1,672 18,350 

Platte City (242 colored) 875 

Weston (188 colored) 1,810 

Clay 13.023 

Clinton 7,848 

Liberty 1,288 

St. Josei)h 14.975 

Plattsburg 092 

Leavenworth, Kansas 14.849 

Atchison, Kans;!S 5.232 

Kansas Oity, Mo 4,418 

1860, JAN. 288 BUSINESS MEN. 

Population of Platte County for a series of years: 1840, 
8,913; 1850. 10.815; 1800, 18,350; 1870, 17,352; 1880, 17,366; 

Assessment of Platte for 1860: 3,069 slaves, |1,414,010; 
money, f 911,203; personalty, $689,622; real estate, |4,339,054; 
total,' 17,253,029. 


At Platte at!/: Attorneys — Baker, Clark, Harrington, Hern- 
don, Merrvman, Pitt, Ross, Smith, Spratt, Tebbs, Wilson. 

Physicians — Baldwin, Brown, Eastman, Guthrie, Hale, Hol- 
lingsworth, Marshall. Moore, Redman, Wallace. 

Merchants, etc. — Addis (photographer). Almond, Paxton & 
Owen (mills), Bryant, Waller & Co., Burge & Hogue, Cochran, 
Doty, Ferrier, Fleshman, Freeland (postmaster). Fox, Gaylord, 
Gordon & Todd, Hettish, Jenkins, Johnston, Johnson & Withers, 
Knopf. Krause, Murray, Oswald, Richards. Swaney & Christison, 
Throckmorton, Todd, Wilkinson, Woolfolk, Young, Zarn. 

Lodges— No. 56, S. M. Hays, W. M. 

Preachers — G. L. Moad, W. H. Thomas. 

Newspapers — Atlas, H. C. Cockrell and W. C. Remington, 
proprietors, and Gist and Short, editors. 

At Westo)! : Attorneys — Branch, Bird, Burnes, Carroll, Doni- 
phan, Heriot, King, Lawson, McCurdy & Gilbert, Wolf. 

Physicians — Beaumont, Bonifant, Bowlby, Earickson, Hen- 
son, Griswold, Humes, Phillips, Shortridge. 

Merchants, etc. — Basye, Beechler. Bell, Branham & Norris, 
Briggs, Collier & Rockwell, Colman «& Belt, Conwell & Spencer, 
Deitz. Doppler. Dye, Ellefrit, Gerner & Frank, Fulton, Goltstein, 
Harper, Halyard, Johnson. Kaufman, Klingstein, Knudson, 
Lasley & Algair, Mettier, Miller, Mitchell, Noble. Perrys & Young, 
Rhoring, Raileys, Sachs, Shannon, Sloan & Nower, Shaw & New- 
house. Snell, Trollman. Turner, Walker, Weber, Wood. 

Mayor— G. W. Belt. 

Court of Common Pleas — Doniphan, judge; Price, clerk; 
Hood, marshal. 

Lodges— No. 53. B. F. Ncnvhouse. W. :\L; Chapter No. 4, Belt, 
H. P.; Com. No. 2, P.uines. E. C; Odd Fellows. Lawson. N. G. 

Weston Rifle C<)in|)auy — Beechler. (•a])tain. 

News])a]iers — Ar(/iis. W'isclcys cdilnrs; Mail. ^V. H. Bisbee 

Preachers — Canicy ((Mnistiaui. Coffey iBa])tist). Wright 

T'niou College — Kciidall. iiriixijial. 

.1/ Parl-villc: Arnold. Aslil»y. ['.ceding. Cam]>b('ll. Clough. 
Dale 4^- IJoberts. Dayis. McCouias. '^rcDouald. INIiller, Ringo. Stod- 
dart. Suuimci-s. Woodsman. 

X('Ws]';ii»(M's — f'ourin-, ^FfDonald editor. 

At ('(iiikIoi f'oiiit: Coffey. Flael-. Forbis. Hale (postmaster), 

Tlioiii;)-;. ^^'itlleI■s. 

1860, JAN. 289 W. B. ALMOND. 

.1^ Farley: Falkncr, Johnson, Mason, Meads, Patton, Heath. 
At Xcw Market: Armstrong, Bishoj), Cai-twright, Ogden, 
Tufts, Wells. 

At Ridiiehi: !)<- Atley & Co., Kllinoton. (lusliu. Sayle. Seott. 


Jan. 2 — E. H. Norton nominated at St. .Joseph, over J. \. 
Biirnes, for (Congress, by the Democratic Convention. 

W. F. Perrin, president of the Weston and IMattsburg Turn- 
pike Company, reports 5 j miles of the road complete. 

Jan. 4 — E. N. (). Clough, agent, reports that he had sub- 
scribed for the county |200,0()() for stock in the Parkville & (J. R. 

The subscription to th<' IMatte Count v Railroad is reduced 
from 1150,000 to |1 20,000. 

The county court subscribes |;iO,000 to the Weston & A. 
Railroad Company, and -James (J. Spratt is appointed agent to 
enter the same on the company's books. 

The I'latte County & Ft. Des Moines Railroad incorporated 
by the T>,egislature. The name was subsequently changed to the 
I^eavenworth & Ft. Des Moines Railroad, and, still later, to the 
Chicago & S. W. Railway. After the road was finished, it became 
a i>art of the Chicago, R. I. & P. Railroad system. 

A financial panic is brewing, in view of the expected war be- 
tween the States. Gold is hoarded, bank bills are discounted, 
sih'er is going out of circulation, 


Feb. 9 — The county court increases the subscrijition to the 
W. & A. Railroad Company to |50,000, and S. P. S. McCurdy is 
appointed to enter the subscription on the company's books. 

A. J. ]\rorrow having died, J. H. Nash administered. I^ond, 


Mareh ,3 — The New Market Christian Churi h orgaiii/.cd. 

Mareh .'i — Judgi^ Wm. B. Almond died at Leavenworth and 
was buried at IMatte City. He was Ixun in Prince P^dward's 
County, Ya., October 25, 1808; graduated at llampdeu-Sidncy 
College in 1820; emigrated to Missouri, settled at I^cxiugton. en- 
tered the store of Robert Aull as a clerk, visited the Ro<Jcy Moun- 
tains with William Sublette, in the employ of the Fur Company 
of St. Louis, and studied law with Judge Ryland. February 28, 
1837, he married Bethenia Jack, the lovely and accomplished 
daughter of Capt. William Jack, who as early as 1821 kept the 

1860, MARCH. 290 THE ALMONDS. 

fei'iy at Lexingtou. She was born March 12, 1814; was tall, 
handsome, well educated, refined, fascinating in her manners, a 
zealous Cumberland Presbyterian, and a devotee to music. The 
newly wedded pair came to Platte, when a wilderness, and 
settled on the Buchanan line, where I first met them in 1839. 
Though both were raised in affluence, they accommodated them- 
selves to circumstances and lived as pioneers. After making 
their homes in various places in Platte and Buchanan, they finally 
settled, about 184(3, in Platte City. In 1849 he was among the 
foremost emigrants across the plains and mountains to California. 
Here, through the influence of his friend, Grov. Peter H. Burnett 
(see), he was appointed a territorial judge, at San Francisco. His 
court did an immense business, and his name was on all lips. He 
returned from the Golden Gate with some |15,000, and purchased 
a half interest in the mills and water-power at Platte City. In. 
August, 1851, he was elected circuit judge, to succeed S. L. 
Leonard. In June. 1857, he removed to Topeka, and thence to 
Leavenworth, leaving his family in Platte Citj^ He died, as 
stated, at Leavenworth March 4, 1860. His wife survived him, 
living at Platte City until the close of the war, and the marriage 
of most of her children, when she broke up housekeeping, and lived 
with her children. She died at St. Joseph August 15, 1885. She 
lies beside her husband, her father, and her mother, in the Platte 
City cemetery. A beautiful monument at the group of graves 
records the virtues of the dead. But not a living descendant of 
Judge Almond now resides in Platte. 

I knew Judge Almond and his wife infimately. He was my 
partner in the Platte City Mills for years. His classical educa- 
tion. Western adventures, social temperament, and varied ex- 
perience supplied him with a fund of useful information and 
anecdote that made him a charming companion. He possessed 
genius, rather than talent. He was a brilliant orator, understood 
mankind, was quick to discover the weak and strong points of his 
adversary, and ready to take advantage of every opportunity. 
His liberality was unbounded, and he left to his family nothing 
but native brilliance of intellect, accomplishments of education, 
and the galvanism of beauty, enhanced by the charms of music. 
His five daughters, four of whom yet live, formed a bevy of 
lovelv women I have never seen surpassed. Ch: 
mVl :\ray 3, 1855, H. Clay Cockrell, probate judge of Platte 
rV)unty from 1850 to 1800. and a lawyer of reputation. 
She died, leaviug: 

1. Hani/ W. Cockrelh b. March 10. 1850; d. in 1893; m'd 

Reb. Dunnica. He was associate editor of the G^?o&e- 
Deniocrat : 1 child. 

2. Nellw Cockrell b. Jan. 10. 1858; m'd B. N. Woodson, a 

lawvei' of Oklahoma. 

1860, MARCH. 291 THE ALMONDS. 

:i. Almond B. Covkrdl b. July 1, 18G0; m'd Mary Mcllhany. 
He is manager of the Kansas and Texas Coal Co., 
at Weir City, and of the zinc works; 5 children. 

4. Lallic Louise Coekrdl, h. Aug. 29, 1807; a lovely girl. 

5. R. Lee Cockrell h. .Ian. 17, 1871. 

G. Carl Clay Cockrell, b. -lune 12, 1872. 
The last three are by the second wife. 
II. W. SUBLETTE ALMOND, b. Nov. 27, 1839 ; lu'd Mamie Max- 
well, of Ohio. Thev live in Texas; 4 children. 

in. VIRGINIA E. ALMOND, b. Dec. 19, 1841; m'd Dec. 19, 1859. 
J as. E. Frost (see), from whom she parted. They had one 
child, Addison, who married, and lives in the West. Jen 
nie lived with her mother until the latter died. She now 
makes her home with her sistei-s, when not engaged in 
teaching music. She is a small and beautiful woman, with 
auburn curls, a fairy in beauty and vivacity, who captivates 
all that approach her by the charms of her conversation and 
the magic of her song. 

IV. KATE ALMOND, b. Oct. 25, 1845; m'd Maj. H. Clay Cockrell, 
Oct. 1, 1866, the former husband of her sister Lallie. She 
is full of zeal in the Master's cause, and is brilliant in con- 
versation. She spent a week at my house in 1894, and left 
a fragrant memory that will long regale us. In the war, 
Mr. Cockrell took up arms for the Union, and reached the 
I'ank of major. Their three children, Lallie, Lee, and Carl, 
have been mentioned. They live in Glasgow, Mo., where 
Maj. Cockrell is practicing law successfullv. 
V. CLARA D. ALMOND, b. Nov. 24, 1851; m'd May 23, 1876, 
W. H. Armstrong, b. March 28, 1844. Theirs is a life of 
faith and prayer. Mr. Armstrong was a banker of Stan- 
berry, Mo., removed to St. Joseph, where he and his wife 
issued a monthly paper, supporting the theory of holiness, 
or perfect sanctification. Clara possesses the beauty, love- 
liness, and song so remarkable in the family. She has 
formed an institution in St. Joseph, sustained by prayer, 
for the support of indigent females. Ch: 

1. Margarefte B. Armstro'nq, b. Aug. 29, 1884. 

2. Paul T ., b. June 12, 1886. 

3. Esther Louise, b. Aug. 15, 1888. 

4. Euth Armstronr/, b. June 20, 1890. 

5. Clara /7.. b. Aug. 21. 1892. 

6. Charles Armstronq, b. Feb. 21. 1877. 

7. Edith H., b. .Tune 25, 1878. 

8. Bethine Ar»istrov(/, h. June 5, 1880. 

9. William S., b. Feb. 23. 1882. 

VI. BETHENIA (BIRDIE) J. ALMOND, b. Aug. 17, 1857; m'd 
Frank McCrillis. She is a large and uncommonly hand- 
some woman. She studied elocution as her profession, 
and music as an art. Her ])ublic recitations were admir- 
able, and afforded her a support before marriage. 

1860, MARCH. 292 W. W. PULLINS. 


AVilliam AY. Piillins died five miles east of Platte City. He 
was a son of Loftus Pullins and Delia Walker, of Madison Co., 
Ky. He married Julia King, born December 28, 1808; died Janu- 
ary 10, 1879, t^he was a daughter of Capt. Henry King, of the 
Revolutionary army. They were well off, and highly esteemed. 
Children : 

L JULIA C. PULLINS, b. March 15, 1828; m'd Dec. 15, 1848, 

Robert L Robertson, b. March 4, 1818 ; d. Dec. 81, 1879. Mr. 

Robertson was a farmer, living four miles east of Platte 

City. He was a gentleman, educated and refined. Mrs. 

Robertson still lives at her old home, and is much beloved. 


1. Sallie W. Robertson, b. Feb. 15, 1850; d. Oct. 27, 1882; 

m'd June 9, 1869, Wm. W. Lampton. Ch : [o] Min- 
nie E. Lampton. 

2. Susan Roherfson, b. Oct. 8, 1857; m'd May 1, 1878, Jos. 

A. Corbin, b. March 28, 1856, son of Lewis. Ch: 
["] Marv Corbin, b. Dec. 12, 1881; [»] Dora, b. Oct. 
8, 1886. ' 

3. William P. Roherfson, b. Sept. 16, 1861; m'd Ella 

McClary, of Clay. Ch: [«] Susan C. Robertson. 

4. Rohert J. Robertson (ii). 5. John Arthur Robertson. 

IL CHARLES W. PULLINS, b. Mav 8, 1830; d. in March. 1875; 
m'd Sallie Kirtley, dr. of Elliott B. Their children: 

1. Anna Pullins. 2. Lula. 

After Mr. Charles Pullins died, his widow m'd J. W. 
Bryant. He died, leaving one child. Kirtley Bryant. The 
widow lives in Camden Point. 
m. ELIZ. J. PULLINS (BETTIE), b. Nov. 14, 1837; m'd March 4, 
1856, James W. Littlejohn, b. July 19, 1829, in Lewis Co., 
Ky. His father was Daniel Littlejohn, b. in 1808 in Lou- 
doun County, Va.; d. in Illinois in 1857. His mother was 
Cynthia. Thompson, of Scotland. The family removed to 
Mason County, Ky., where James grew up to manhood. He 
came to Platte in August, 1857. He went to the Mexican 
War as a private, in Company E, Capt. ^letcalfe, of the 
3d Kentucky, under Col. M. Y. Thompson, in General Thos. 
^larsliall's brigade. He is 6 feet 3 inches high in his socks; 
but when he tells of his military adventures, he rises to 
full 7 feet. For his sei'vices he is drawing a pension. In 
the wai' between the States he served on the side of the 
South. und(M' Price, Cocki-ill. rt al. He is a carpenter by 
trade, and his wife owns a fine farm on Todd's Creek. He 
is an Odd Fellow, and i>i-ides himself much in the principles 
of the ordei". Mrs. Littlejohn is an educ;tf"(1 and accom- 
plished lady. Ch: 

L Dot a Littlejohn, b. Oct. 11. 18.58; m'd Oct. 27. 1888, 
Rnliert Lewis, b. Nov. 11, 1857, son of Jas. G. Ch: 
["] Bessie Lewis, b. Oct. 13, 1891. 


2. James l\ LittUjohii, h. Aw^. 10, 18(>S. 
X Annie Litthjulm, It. .July 4, 1871. 

4. EUzdheth Little John. b. Dec. 28, 187(); luM Oct. 4, 180G, 
Joe Shc^lbv Aiuk'i's. 
IV. WII.LIAM S. ITLLIXS. b. Nov. 11, 1833; d. Mjiicli 13, 1889; 
iii'd Doc. M, 18<;:?, Cviitliia A. F.arnes. Cli: 

1. diaries (}. I'lillhis, in'd A]tnl 0, 1887, liettie Barbee. 

Ch: ["] Opal IMilliiis; [''] (xi-aco. 

2. Alonozo PiiJlins, m'd .Jan. 2, 1880, .loiinio Foster; 2 


3. Geovqie PuUins, m'd Erastus Wilson, son of M. S. Ch: 

["] Bessie Wilson; ['^J Mabel. 

4. James PuUins. 5. John. 0. Riehard. 7. Harriet. 

V. CORNELIA Pl^LLINS. b. in 1850; d. 28, 1882; m'd Sept. 
1, 18fi9, A. N. (Thos.) Tliinn. Ch : 

1. Chas. B. Chinn. m'd ^lav 28, 1893, Mag McClary. 

2. Wmiam D. 3. Cornelia (Neely). 

After the death of Mrs. Chinn, A. N. Chinn married her 
sister (Georgia. He died ]\rarch 4. 1893. 

Mareh 7 — The Wisele.vs commence issuing a daily Argus, but 


March 20 — Dr. 1>. F. Hollingsworth Jiaving died, Clarlc & 
Callahan administered. Bond, |9,000. He came west about 
1850, and engaged in the practice of medicine at Platte City. He 
married October 7, 1852, Mary A. ^Mimms, born February 10, 1828; 
died April 4, 1884. He was a man much beloved as a citizen, and 
trusted as a physician. Ch : 

L KATE HOLLIXOSWORTH, m'd Oct. 3, 187(), Jas. McKee. 
IL J EPHTHA G. HOLLINGSWORTH, b. Jan. IG, 18(>1 ; m'd Oct. 
2, 1884, Eliza Bush I'ark, b. April 10, 1865. After prepar- 
ing himself, lie practiced dentistry for some ten years in 
Platte City, and then removc'd to Kansas City to continue 
his business, as well as to occupy a chair in the Kansas City 
Dental College. Mrs. Hollingsworth is the daughter of 
M'Ort. C. Park (see), and inherits the good sense of her 
father and the beauty and loveliness of her mother. Ch: 

1. Kathleen H oil inff's north, b. Oct. 20, 1888. 

2. Park Hollinf/sworfh, b. Aug. 5, 1892. 

The Platte City Water ^lills thoroughly repaired, and fur- 
nished with new patent water-wheels, by E, W, Montague. 

March 26 — Fred Krause first appears in Platte City, and opens 
a butchei- shop. 


April 2 — Democratic meeting held at the court-house, to 
select delegates to the State Convention. The call is signed "by 

i860, APRIL. 294 ALVA GRAVES. 

the Democratic central committee, as follows: J. X. Burnes, 
Xoah Beerv, T. J. Eastman. Tbos. Foster. Leon Oldham, and F. 
M. Tufts. 

April 3 — The first pony express starts from St. Joseph. It 
was in charge of Majors, Russell & Waddell. Their postmen 
started simultaneously from St. Joseph and from San Francisco. 
The trip of 1.982 miles was made in 10 davs, and subsequently in 7 
days and IT hours. The pony express confined until 1861, when 
the telegraph was completed from Omaha to San Francisco. Ben 
Holliday then started his line of overland stage-coaches. 

April 4 — W. F. Perrin, president, reports that |30,000 had 
been expended on the Weston and Plattsburg Turnpike, twelve 
miles completed, and bddges under contract. 


No rain. Flour is shipped from St. Louis to supply Platte 
County. Supplies are sent to starving Kansas, money at 20 per 
cent interest, no coin in circulation. Churches have prayer for 
rain; the Atlas ridicules them. 


April 5 — Alva Graves having died, N. L Alexander adminis- 
tered. Bond, |2,000. He was a cousin of James L. Graves. His 
sister, Elizabeth Graves, married Andrew Lawson, and was 
mother of Xep. Lawson. After Lawson's death, his widow mar- 
ried Wash, Dyer (see), and still lives in Marshall Township. Alva 

Graves married, in Tennessee, Elizabeth . who survived 

him. Their children: 

I. MISSISSIPPI GRAVES, m'd Thos. Lipscomb. 
H. PAROZETTA GRAVES, m'd a Lipscomb. 

April 6 — The county court subscribes .flOO.OOO to the Platte 
County & Ft. Des Moines Railroad Co., on condition that the road 
starts from Weston and comes within a half-mile of Platte City. 
The terms were accepted by the directors of the road, but never 
complied with. 

April 13 — The Platte County Railroad (Missouri Valley) is 
condemning rights of way on its route. 


April Jo — .lohn Dean died near New Market. He was the 
7»rogenitor of the Dean family of Platte, was born in Maine May 1. 
1784. i-emoved. successively, to Virginia, to Clay County, Mo., and 
TO Platte. His father was Joshua Dean. John Dean married 
Snsau Bartleson. who died in August. 1822. Ch: 

L M.VLINDA DEAN. b. in 1805: m'd in 1822. John Hart, of 
IL ELIZABETH DEAN (NANCY), m'd a Yancy. She came to 
Platte, and entered land, near New Market, in her own 
name. I infer her husband was dead. 

1860, APRIL. 295 THE DEANS. 

III. FKANK M. DEAN, d. in Xov.. 1S4(;; md Feb. 1."). 1844, Mar- 

garet Swearingeu. (Jh: 

1. LizzkJ. Dean, lu'd ^larch 10, 1804, Richard M. Farm, 

b. Oct. 2(1 1841. Ch : ["] :>rartha Tassie Farra, m'd 
W. P. Skinner (see); [''] Eva Z. Farra; ['] Frankie 
Lee Farra; [<'] Robert I). 

2. Andmr J. Dran. of Andrew ( "onnty. 

IV. ABNEK DEAN, ni'd .Malinda Holland, lie d. in 1867. Cli: 

1. Marj/ Crahh. '2. Husan J. Dean. 

8. Elizaheth P. BurgesH. 4. Frank Dean. T). Thos. Dean. 
6, EmeVine Dean. 7. John. 8. William Dean. 

9. Susan Dean. 10. Catherine Dean. 11. Ahner Dean in). 
12. Fannie Dean. 

None of the family now reside in Platte. 
V. JOHN BARTLERON DEAN, d. Oct. 3. 1877; ni'd Elizal>eth 
Gregg, dr. of David. (See.) Mr. Dean possessed sound 
judgment, and enjoyed the confidence of his neighbors. 
Thev resided near New Market. Ch: 

l.SHdnei/ Huston Dean, b. Jan. 7, 1842; m'd in March, 
1860, Kate Leave], b. in 1846, dr. of Arch. Oh: 
[«] Clarence; f'] Elizabeth J. Dean, m'd Oct. 10. 
1887. John S. Williams, son of W. W. (Budj. Ch: 
[/] Wm. W. Williams; [2] Huston. ['] Arch. 15. 
Dean; [(i] Linn H. (girl); [''] Mavy C; [f] Sidney 
H. Dean; [r/] Albert Dean; [''1 Andrew; ['] Camp- 
bell Dean. 

2. yfinerra A. Dean, nrd John T.O^^•ev^fi. (See.) 
8. Elizabeth Dean, m'd ^laple P. Owens. (See.) 

4. James T. Dean, b. March 15, 1852; d. Sept. 16, 1808; m'd 

March 10, 1880, Maggie E. Anderson. Ch : ["] Lea- 
pold D. Dean (a girl); [''] Annie C. Dean; [''J John 
B. Dean ; [<^] ^lary E. 

5. Xanejf Ellen Dean, m'd Dec. 25, 1872, Jcdm T. Leavel. 

son of Arch. John was b. in Lincoln Co., Ky., June 
1, 1849. Came with his father in 1858, and' settled 
at New Market, where his father died in April, 1875. 
He was educated at Camden Point Male Academy, 
and is a man of wide influence. His wife was edu 
cated at Daughters' College, and is a lady of rare 
accomplishments. Ch: [^'] Wm. Leavel; [''] Ara; 
[c] Dean. 

6. Susan E. Dean, m'd Dec. 24, 1878, B. Frank Allison, 

son of James and a man of literary accom])lishments. 
They live near New^ Market. Ch: [«] ilinnie Alli- 
son; [i>] Kachel; [f] a babe. 
VI. ISAAC DEAN, b. Feb. 10, 1822, in Clay Co.; m'd Nov. 1, 1855, 
in Buchanan Co., Sally Ann Richardson, b. April 26. 1828, 
in Madison Co., Ky. They lived near New Mark(^t. Ch: 
1. Georr/ia Dean, m'd Samuel Dysart; no children. She 
is now a widow. 


•2. Susan Dean, m'd Dec. 9, 1880, David C. Leavel. Ch: 
[«] Andrew D. Leavel; [^] Georgia Belle; [f^] Arcli. 
C. Leavel. 

3. Francis M. Dean (ii), b. Aug. 20, 1860; m'd Sept. 15, 
1880, Emma D. Hull, b. Feb. 18, 1869. Ch: [«] Davie 
C. Dean. 

1. BcUc Dean, m'd May 2, 1889, Galen B. Anderson (see). 
b. Nov. 2, 1857, son of Geo. W. He is a. man of 
thought and judgment, and received a flnished edu- 
cation. In 1890 he was elected surveyor of Platte 
Countv. Ch: [^i] Temple Anderson, b. Jan. 19, 
1892. ' 

After the death of Mrs. Susan Dean, Mr. John Dean (i) 
married, and reared a second set of children: 

April 2Ji — Frank Engleke having died, J. A. Deister admin- 
istered. Bond, .$2,500. 


Collected |19,917.61 

Expended 17,509.91 


Expenses in Detail. 

Bee Creek bridge |1,600.00 

Bear Creek bridge 210.00 

Chapman's Ford bridge 1,455.00 

Short Creek bridge 150.00 

Platte City bridge 362.00 

Other bridges and rejiairs .585.00 

Poor.. .. 2,601.00 

Countv Court Justices 588.00 

County Clerk (Lewis) 1,304.00 

Sheriti' (Bryant) 855.00 

T'ircuit (Mcrk (Kcmingfon) .534.00 

Assessors 305.00 

County Attorney iMcnyninni 100.00 

Tre;isuior (FnM^laudi 714.00 

School roinmissiomr ( IJjikci'i 150.00 

Court-lumse 359.00 

Jail 426.00 

Wood 298.00 

Staticmory 241.00 

Printing 240.00 

Pjitrols. 91.00 

1860, MAY.! 

297 J- D. JONES. 

Swamplands * :{()<).U0 

Weston and Platte City Turnpike «>0().00 

Weston and IMattsburj? TMinj»iUe 1,800.00 

Improving riatte River :i00.00 

Pavement, offices 400.00 

Other purposes 911.91 

Total 117,509.91 


^]j((,f J — James D. Jones came in March, iSdO, from Owen 
County, Ky., and, in a few weeks died, leaving his widow, Sarah 
(Wood) Jones, and nine children. Of these, one was Thaddeus C. 
Jones, a farmer, near New Market. He was born Au<,nist 0, 1840; 
married December 31, 18(;9, Amanda J. Scott, daujirhter of John C. 
Children: 1, Robert E. Jones; 2, Sarah J. Jones; :>., James D.; 
4, John C. Jones. 

New Market Christian Church organized. 
John M. Lowe liaving died, Martin Vivion adminstered. 
Bond, 12,500. Cli : 1, James Vivion Lowe. 

]jaif !) — County court issued to the P. & (i. R. Railroad Co. 
county bonds, |100,000, bearing 10 per cent interest. Justice 
Hays dissented, and Attorney Merryman opposed. 

Mai/ 21 — Marcus Lipscomb having died, W. L. Stephens ad- 
ministered. Bond, $3,500. 

Nancy Kay having died, W. H. Middleton administered. 
Bond, 12,000. 

May 23 — Weston Commanderj', No. 2. chartered. 


Mai/ 2-'i — Johnson Clay died. He was a son of Jeremiah 
Clay, and was born in Kentucky February 19, 1798. He married 
May 4, 1820, Rebecca Collett, in Moniteau County, Mo. She was 
a daughter of Abram and Nancy Collett, and was boin in Ten- 
nessee January 6, 1805. He left Kentucky in his youth, and 
settled on a farm in Cole County, Mo. Thence he came to Platte 
in 1837, and settled near New Market. Ch: 

L SARAH T. CLAY. b. Dec. 13. 1822; m'd Dec. 12, 1839, A. J. 
IL ABRAM C. CLAY, b. Dec. 13, 1824; d. Sept. 21, 1840. 
HL ANN E. CLAY, b. May 12, 1827; m'd Feb. 10, 1843, Dr. S. W. 
Holland, of New Market. The doctor was an estimable 
man, and an interminable talker, notwitlistanding his in- 
firmity of stuttering. He s]»oke raj»idly, and inttM'larded 
his phrases with oaths. But he became an enthusiastic 
Methodist, and often led in prayer. Yet, if excited or 
embarrassied, an innocent oath would slip out. 

1860, JUNE. 298 M.N.OWEN. 

IV. NANCY (^LAY. b. Sept. 14, 1S2S: d. in 1869; ni'd July 23, 

1840, T. S. Osboi'iie. 
V. FRANCES G. CLAY, b. Aug. 18, 1830; m"d A. H. Burgess. 

VI. WILLIAM H. CLAY, b. March 0. 1833; m'd Oct. 20, 1858, 

Nannie H. Montgomery. He died at Vicksburg May 13, 

1863, in the Confederate service. 
VIL MARY G. CLAY. b. June 28. 1836; m'd March 26, 1855, Rev. 

J. C. C. Davis. 


June 6 — Charles Tureman having died, James Dodd admin- 
istered. Bond, . 12.500. 

County bonds issued. The county court issued to the Park- 
ville & G. Railroad Co., at sundry times, as the work of grading 
progressed, bonds to the amount of |125,000; and to the Weston & 
A. Railroad Co.. .$30,000. Nothing was given to the Platte County 
Railroad, or to the Leavenworth & Des Moines Railroad. 

There is drouth. No rain has fallen since April. The very 
early corn came up, and produced a half crop. 

June SI — SAMUEL MILLER having died, his son, Marion 
Miller, administered. Bond, |15,000. (See index.) 


Juh/ Jj — The day was observed at the fair grounds, with ill- 
tempered speeches. 

A half-inch of rain fell to-day, the first since April. It came 
too late to do good, and was not followed by other rains. Not one- 
fourth of the corn planted came up. It sold for |1 per bushel. 
^^'heat turned out almost a failure. But from the large crop of 
1850 we had enough to send supplies to Kansas. This was the 
second famine year. To starvation was added a financial crisis, 
that broke \\\) thousands. Two per cent per month was often paid 
for money. 

^loseby Neely Owen died at Platte City. (See sketch.) The 
family, about 1866, removed to Jacksonville, Oregon, and none of 
them now reside in Platte. Ch : 

L EDWIN R. OWEN, was lame from ''white swelling." He 
wrote in the probate office several vears. 

south in the war, and never returned. 
^\ . ANN E. OWEN, was a beautiful and accomplished young 
ladv. She mVl 1st, Oct. 10, 1855. P. J. Collins; and after his 
death, she m'd 2d. Feb. 7. 1860, N. D. Short. He edited the 
Athm scvei-al years, and possessed sprightliness, but had 
no energv. 


Jiilji 12 — Tlie financial |)anic is in(i('asin<;. Now York ex- 
clian<;v is 1 jMn' cent premium. Financiers arc assortin^i Missouri 
money, and pi-cscuting: it for payment in g:old. No coin in cir- 
culation. "Sliin-i)lasters'' are used for small change. 

July 20— Mrs. Eliza Todd, born May 15, 1813, wife of Prof. H. 
B. Todd, died at Platte City. Trof. Todd was in the South, solicit- 
ing aid foi' his school. He returned, and made a feeble effort to 
sustain himself and the Academy; but executions were levied on 
his personal j)roperty, and he was sold out. Prof. A. B. Jones 
succeeded him as principal of the Academy. 

JuJii 23 — J. H. Wilhite reports four more miles of the Weston 
i'.nd Platte City Turnpike complete. 

July 2/f — James Kuykendall died at his home near Platte City. 


Came from Holland. Kichmond Kuykendall settled in York 
( 'ounty, S. (J. He was born in 1TG8, and was a son of the emigrant 
who died of a wound received at King's Mountain, while fighting 
for his adoj)ted country, Tlie Tories burned his widow's home 
and property, and she died of a broken heart. The orphan, 
Kichmond, was adopted in a family that brought him with Boone 
to Kentucky. They settled in Barren County, Ky. Here Rich- 
mond married, and here James Kuykendall was born December 
25, 1795, and married September 5, 1820, Ceiia Thompson, born De- 
cember G. 180;? ; died March 9, 1869. After residing for some years 
in Garrard County, Ky., James Kuykendall and family came, in 
1832, to day County, Mo., and were among the earliest to cross 
over into Platte. In August. 1840, he was elected a county court 
justice. April 17, 181G, he purchased IGO acres of land near 
Tracy, at f 5 per acre. In 1844 he was elected sheriff. In 1849 he 
was county treasurer, and at the election in August, 1849, he was 
chosen our first probate judge. At the end of his term, in 1854, 
the family removed to Kansas, and settled near Topeka. He was 
a member of the second Legislative Assembly of Kansas, chairman 
of the board of commissioners for Jackson County, and a meml>er 
of the first Constitutional Convention, that passed what was 
known as the Lecompton Constitution. Judge Kuykendall pos- 
sessed an iron will, decision of character, moral courage, and 
self-reliance. He had no counsellor, but dejtended on his own 
sound judgment. He belonged to no society, never used flatteiy 
or fawning, and yet he was one of the most popular men of his 
day. Tall, brawny, and angular in his features, he commanded 
respect rather than love. He was no orator, and was blunt and 
arbitrary. His education was limited, but he derived liis power 
from native c<Mumon sense. Ch : 

I. ELIZA ANN KUYKENDALL, h. Feb. 25, 1821; d. March 9, 
1849; m'd Isaac O. Hyatt. Sh<' left two children that sub- 
sequently died. Mr. Hvatt m'd 2d. Sei»t. 11, 18.^)0, Eliza J. 


II. JAMES MARION KUYKENDALL. b. in Garrard Co., Ky., 
Feb. 19, 1824; d. March 15, 1871; m'd Jan. 18, 1849, Sarah 
E. Link. b. March 7, 1833, in Bourbon County, Ky.; d. Aug. 
II, 1893. She was a daughter of Israel Link. Mr. Kuy- 
kendall was a man of large frame and sound judgment. 
He engaged in the mercantile business for several years, 
at Parkville, and then settled for life on a farm seven miles 
east of Platte City. Ch : 

1. ElizahetJi C. Kui/kendall, m'd James M. Clark, who was 

killed bv the explosion of a saw-mill boiler. Ch: 
["] Levf Clark; [''] James M.; [c] Annie; [<i] Jeff. 
Elizabeth m'd 2d, W. Payne, and had: [e] Maud 
Payne; [f] William Payne'; [f/] Elizabeth; [''] Harry. 
She lives in Kansas Citv. 

2. Belle Eui/kendaU, m'd Dec. 18, 1879, W. H. Taylor. She 

died, leaving two children to the care of her mother. 

3. Kate KKi/kendall, m'd July 6, 187G, Oscar Brown (see); 

3 children. 

4. John T. KmjkemMl b. March 4, 1864 ; nv d Feb. 25, 1890, 

Lee Kidwell, b. Nov. 20, 1869. Ch: [«] James M., 
b. Feb. 25, 1892. 

5. Laura Kiii/kendalL m'd Jan. 12, 1891, Chas. S. Allen. 
Mrs. SarahE. Kuykendall m'd 2d. P. N. Cumberford (see); 

no children. 

Ill SARAH J. KUYKENDALL, b. July 4, 1828; m"d July 2, 1848, 
Wm. C. Remington. (See.) 

lY. WILLIAM L. KUYKENDALL, b. Dec. 13, 1835 ; m"d July 14, 
1857, Eliza A, Montgomery, of Buchanan, dr. of John. 
Wm. L. has the strong natural mind of his father, with 
more i)olish and cordiality. His education is liberal, and 
his letters show the scholar. As a scout, in the irregular 
service of the Confederacy, his courage was so tempered 
by discretion, and his heroism was so fruitful in resources, 
that he passed unscathed through thrilling adventures and 
terrific dangers. Saratoga. Wyoming, is now his home. 
Children : 

1. John M. Kuykemlalh m'd Annia Thomason. He lives 

in Denver. 

2. Hani/L. A'/^y/Ar/jf/r/?/. m'd Blanche J. ^loore. They live 

in Denver. Ch: ['^j Irene. 
Y. ROBERT (I. KI^YKENDALL. m'd Elizabeth Montgomery, 
dead. He went to ^Mexico, and was murdered for his 
nu)ney. He left three girls, who live in California. 


Was a brot her of .) ii(lg(- Jas. Kuykendall. He was a man of sound 
sense and clear judgment. He was assessor of Platte, and was 
constable of Carroll Township several terms. He married Eliza- 
beth (Gentry, daughter of Tsom. Ch : 

1860, JULY. 301 ELECTION. 

I. CHAKLOTTE T. KUYKENDAI.L, b. -Inly 24, 1828; d. Dec. 
12, 1874; ui'd Jan. 18. 1852, (1. F. (Meniings. b. in I.ondonn 
Co., Va., March 4. 18;i0, son of Alfred Cleniin^'s and Matilda 
T*ayne. He came to IMatte (Mty in 1851, and has since 
puisued the blacksmith's trade. Ch: 

1. Jcnitic, m'd May 18, 1880, Jos. M. Kurtz, of Weston. 

2. Fnnik Jj.ChniitKjs. ."!. LiJlicA. 

Mr. (i. F. Olemings m'd 2d, Kate Callalian, n«'M* Chesnut. 
Thev live in Platte Citv. 
IT. SARAH A. KITYKENDALL, b. March la, 18:i5; m'd Lewis 
Dearing. b. in Fauquier ( 'ounty, Va., March 8, 1825. Lewis 
is a. son of Lewis Dearinj;-, Sr., and ^farjiaret Roj^ers. Thev 
live in Platte Citv. Ch: 

L William Ocariiuj, b. Sei)t. 1, 1854; m'd Sept. 29, 1877, 

Pauline Hij^gins; no children. Live in St. Joseph. 
2. Biirkctt Dcariiu/ (ii), b. June 21 , 185(1 ; m'd July 18, 1881, 
Dona Jacks, dr. of Sidney. Oh: [o] Quinney Dear- 
ing; [^] Luanna Dearing; [^] Pauline (Leeny). 
.'i. Annie Bearing, b. March 13, 1872, is now teaching 

Mr. L. Dearing's first wife was Nancv J. Flannerv. (See.) 

1. May Ross. 
IV. A DATHTER, m'd 1st. a Zimmerman; m'd 2d, James Town- 
send, who lives in Kansas. 

July 29 — A meteor of immemse magnitude passed from east 
to west. 


I'nited States. State. 

Lincoln (Rej.ublican) 1,866,352 17,028 

Douglas (Democrat) 1,375,157 58,801 

Breckinridge (Independent Democrat) 845,763 31,317 

Bell (Union) 580,581 58,372 


Norton, for Congress (Democrat) 1.788 

Scott, for ( 'ongress (Whig) 812 

Lawson, for repi-esentative (Union) 1,060 

Dorriss, for representative (Douglas Demociat) 088 

AV. H. Miller, for representative (Douglas Democrat) 620 

Coffey, for re])resentativc (Douglas Democrat) 637 

C. F. flackson, for governor 1,056 

Orr, for governor 1,005 

Han. Jackson, for governor 338 

1860, AUG. 302 THE COPELANDS. 

W. K. Bryant was elected sheritt'; W. C. Remington was 
elected circuit clerk; T. Thoroughman was elected circuit at- 
torney; Silas Woodson was elected circuit judge. 

In Weston, James Doniphan is elected judge of court of com- 
mon pleas, Grrame Hood marshal, and J. A, Price clerk. R. M. 
Johnston was (*hosen county treasurer, 

Aug. 2 — The Argus sustained the Breckinridge ticket. It con- 
tains charges by John Swaney, that W. K. Bryant, sheriff, had 
withheld county revenue. Bryant's answer also appears. 

Aug. 4 — George Copeland is killed. At the August election, 
a row occurred at Platte Cit3^ Martin McEnnery took refuge in 
his blacksmith shop, back of the Fleshman house. Geo. Copeland 
tried to force his way into the shop, and McEnnery blew his head 
oft" with a musket, and immediately ran away, passing over Atch- 
ison Hill. He was never apprehended. 


Ezekiel Copeland was their ancestor. His children: 
I. ELIZA COPELAND, nrd W. T. Hancock. (See.) 
II. JOHN COPELAND, m'd Mary J. Olvis, daughter of John 
and sister of W. F. Olvis. Ch: 

1. Elizabeth Copeland, m'd a Pierson. 

2. Fannie Copeland. 3. Charles R. 

in. JOEL COPELAND, m'd Sarah Olvis, dr. of John. Ch: 

1. John ^y. Copeland, lives in Leavenworth. 

2. Jennie Copeland, b. June 19, 1866; m'd Aug. 24, 1884, 

Joseph A, Stalder. Ch: [o] Jesse; [^] Joseph; 
[c] James. 

3. Jeff Copeland. 

4. Ada, m'd Geo. D. McOlain; 2 children. 

5. Charity Copeland, m'd Fred Collins. 

6. Franl< Copeland. 7. Ezeldel. 8. Myrtle. 
lY. LAVINIA COPELAND, m'd Jones Gever.^ 

V. GEO. COPELAND, m'd Ann Fulk ; killed as above stated. 
VL JOSIAH COPELAND, d. in Feb., 1877; m'd ]\[alinda Hender- 
son, sister of K. B. Cecil's first wife. Ch : 
L Ruth. 2. Melrina. 

Aug. — ]\rary Hughes died, widow of ]M. ^1. Hughes. (See.) 
She left all her property to hei' daughters, Mrs. Rixey and Mrs. 

Aug. 13 — Isaiah Reynolds having died. Enoch Porter admin- 
istered." Bond. ^.5,000. ■ Ch: L Mary Porter; 2. John Reynolds; 
3, Nancv Revnolds; 4, Lueinda; 5, Isaiah; 0, Susan Reynolds; 
7, Henry C. 

Aug. 20 — A grand illumination and rejoicing at Weston over 
the lighting of the city with gas. and the subscription bv the 
county coni't of $30,000 for the Weston & A . Railroad. A splendid 
torchlight procession. 

1860, AUG. 303 J. H. DOWNING. 

Aug. 23 — Judge Norton s])oke at Weston. 
Aug. 29 — Judge Woodsc^n oponn circuit court. 


Sept. I — James Osborn having died at Weston, M. Ellinger 
aduiistered. Bond, .f lU.OUU. He was a merchant of Weston. He 
m'd Nancj Lewis, dr. of John. (See.) Oh: 1, Marv Frances 
Osborn; 2. Amanda S.; .'i Kolx^t. " 


Sept. 3 — John H. Downing having died at New Market, his 
sons, Ezekiel and And. A. Downing, qualify as his executors. He 
left a widow, Eliza, and children : 
I. EZEKIEL DOWNING, d. in April, 1870. He was deputy 
collector for several terms; m'd . Ch: 

1. Eliza Doirniuq. m'd Feb. 7, 1874, John D. Maget, b. May 

27, 1851; d. July 19, 1888. Ch: ["] Maud; [^] Geo. 
Maget; [^'J Kufus (ii); [''] Mattie. 

2. Strother Doirnhig. 

n. ANDREW A. DOWNING, m'd Nancy J. Collier. Went to 

TV. WILLIAM H. DOWNING, m'd July ?>0, 1801. Jane Allison, 
dr. of James. She died, and he m'd 2d, Oct. 19, 1885, Sarah 
Maget, b. in Tennessee Jan. 1, 1846, dr. of Rufus. They 
separated ; no children. 
V. MARTHA P. DOWNING, m'd an English 

Sept. 4 — latan Lodge, No. 145, 1. O. O. F., chartered. 
Sept. 15 — Ann Smith having died. E. P. Humphrev adminis- 
tered. Bond, $10,000. 

Sept. 77 — This day is memorable as the tinu' of a terrible mob 
in Leavenworth, to lynch a murderer of Denver, named Gordon. 
But through the firmness and nerve of Mayor McDowell, he was 
saved, only to die when he reached Denver. 

Sept. 2Jt—F. G. ALahony, of Parkville, having died, J. H. Nash 
administered. Bond, .*8!2,000. His wife was named Catherine, 
and their son, Chas. Ed. Mahony. 

Sept. 25 — The fair commenced. Though really the third, it. is 
known as the second fair. Officers: Jeff. Williams, president; 
Geo. Robertson, secretary; W. M. Paxton, treasurer; and Cock- 
rill. Dorriss, Faulconer, Forbis, Fox, Hinkle, .lohnson, Jones. 
Park, Pence, and Steele directors. Free admittance for stock- 
holders and their families; footman, 20 cents; horseman, .30 cents; 
horse and buggy, 50 cents; carriage, $1. Jaccai-d's bill for 
premiums was .f 2,412.1:5. The Platte City band was ]>aid $175 for 
music. The directors paid •$ i;> for a barrel of cider. 

1860, OCT. 304 W. T. WESTERFIELD. 


Oct. 1 — James H. Layton, under a new law, becomes sole 
judge of the county court. 

Davis Chapel M. E, Church organized. 

Oct. 5 — Grand Union demonstration at St. Joseph. They 
sent to Platte City for a cannon. Tickets from Weston and 
back, |3. 


'Nov. 5 — The turnpike is complete from Weston to Bee Creek. 
The county has paid 


Nov. 13— Dv. W. T. Westerfield having died, J. M. Railey ad- 
ministered. Bond, 18,000. Ch: 

I. ELIZABETH WESTERFIELD, m'd Mav 19. 1850, John S. 
Woods, b. Feb. 7, 1824. 

Nov. 26 — Judge McFerran holds circuit court, by request of 
Judge Silas Woodson. 

Nov. 28 — J. M. Railey, cashier of the Weston branch of the 
Mechanics' Bank of Missouri, writes: "I have a dispatch dated 
St. Louis, November 27th, 10 p. m.. saying: 'The banks have 
suspended ; redeem no more of your currency.' It is signed by the 
president of the parent bank, and will be obeyed." 

Nov. 29 — E. G. Heriot enrolled as an attorney. 


Dec. 3 — W. O. Smith having died, R. N. Harrington adminis- 
tered. Bond, 11,000. 

Dec. 5 — Patrick Shea having died, S. A. Gilbert administered. 
Bond, $2,000. 

Dec. 6— ( ;eo. A. Beechler died at Weston ; b. Feb. 18, 1800. 

Dec. 10 — Charles B. Wilson and S. D. Fulton enrolled as 

Dec. 11 — The Green House in Platte City is sold by the sheriff 
as the i)roperty of B<'auchamp, Moore and Clifford, and is bought 
by Jonathan Tii)ton, at |2,03L 

Thebarado])ts the first code of rules of practice. 

South Carolina siecedes. 

Dec. 20 — Maj. Anderson evacuates Fort Moultrit^ and goes to 
Fort Sumter. 

Dec. 28 — Maj. John Dougherty died in Clay, aged 69. 

18t)U, DEC. 305 PREACHERS. 


IS")!) TO ISdO. 

ThOvS. Al)b(>tl, Tho.s. Alcorn, Thus. Allen. I). IJaiubridge. 
Abner Barker, B. B. Bonhani, lloury Bowers, Isiuic liownian. Win. 
Bradford, D. G. Brooks, l\ .). Burrnss (Bap.l, Tilbnrn Hush, .lobu 
Callerniau, W. Ct. Caples (jM. E.), .Ios. ( 'otton, .1. \V. ( 'ox, J. J. Dau 
iels, C. A. Davis (Cum. I»res.), .1. (\ r. Davis. .Jos. Devlin (^f. E.), 
Jno. G. Fackler (Pres.), -losiab Faiibion (:M. E.), Dr. .1. M. Fulton 
(Pres.), R. C. Hatton, S. V. Heatb (M. E.), 11. Henderson, C. B. 
llodges (Cum. Pres.), Thos. Hodges, 1. 11. Hopkins, .luo. T. Huds(m. 
Thos. Hurst (M. E.), R. iNI. Jones (M. E.), J. P. Kern, Moses E. Lard 
(Chris.), Thos. F. Lockett, P.. F. Love (M. E.), Ben McCray, Samuel 
McGuire, W. A. Mahew (M. P].), N. M. Narrimore, Wni. Patton. 
A. H. F. Pavne, J. S. Pratt, Wm. Price, Z. N. Roberts, Nic. Roberts. 
Ed. Robinson, Robert Scott (Pres.), H. R. Smith (Cum. Pres.), B. H. 
Spencer (M. E.j, Fred Starr (Pres.), O. C. Steele (Chris.), W. H. 
Thomas (Bap.). J. S. Todd, A. P. Williams (Bap.), L T. Williams 
(Bap.), G. S. Woodward (Pres.), E. Wright (Pres.). J. P.. Wright 
(Pres,), Jos. Zimmerman, 



Governor. C. F. Jackson; Representatives, G. P. Dorriss and 
L. M. Lawson; Congressman, E. H. Norton; Circuit Clerk, W. C. 
Remington; Senator. J. T. V. Thompson; Probate Judge. H. Clay 
Cockrill; Circuit Judge, Silas Woodson: County Judge, Jas. H. 
Layton ; Treasurer, R. M. Johnston ; Sherift', W. K. Bryant ; ( 'ounty 
Clerk, D, P. Lewis; County Attorney, J. E. Merrynian; Circuit 
Attorney, T. Thoroughman; Surveyor, Jas. S. Owens; (Joroner, 
B. S. Richards; Public Administi-atoir, W. M. Paxton; Superin- 
tendent Common Schools, R. N. Harrington. 


At Platte City: Attorneys — Baker, Clark, Harrington, Mer- 
rynian, Norton, Paxton. Pitt, Ross. Smith, Spratt. Koberlsou. 
Sayle, Tebbs. Wilsons. 

Physicians — Baldwin, P.rown. Kastman. (Tuthrie. Hale. Mar- 
shall, Moore. Redman, AVallace. 

Merchants, et al. — Burge & Hogue, Cochran, Doty, Ferrier. 
Fleshman, Fox, Gaylord, Jenkins, Johnston, Prof. Jones, Murray 
& Freeland (postmaster), Swanev, Woolfolk, Young. Zarn. 

Lodges— No. 56, R. P. Clark, W. M. G. T. Lodge 417. Sayle. 
W. C. T. Sons of Malta, Norton, Grand Tizerinktum. Neb. 
Lodge 12. Jas. Littlejohn. N. G. 


Preachers — Hollidaj (M. E.), Thomas (Bap.), Jones (Chris.), 
Woodward (Pres.) 

At Weston: — Attorneys — Burnes, Carroll, Doniphan, Fulton, 
Heriot, King, Lawson, McCnrdv & Gilbert, Wolf. 

Physicians — Beaumont, Bonifant, Bowlby, Shortridge. 

Merchants, etc, — Basye, Bell, Bonnell, Branham, Briggs, 
Burnes Bros., Collier, Rockwell, Colman & Belt, Conwell & 
Spencer, Deitz, Doppler, Dye, EUifrit, Gerner & Frank, Goldstein, 
Kaufman, Knudson, Lasley & Allgair, Mettier, Miller, Mitchell, 
Noble, Perrys & Young, Raileys, Rohring, Shaw & Newhouse, 
Snell. Walker, Warner. Wallingford, Weber, Wood. 

Mayor— G. W. Belt. 

Newspaper — Argus, Wiseleys editors. 

Court of Common Pleas — Doniphan, judge; Price, clerk; 
Hood, marshal. 

At Parkville: Arnold, Ashby, Beedlng, Campbell, Cloughs, 
Dale & Roberts, Davis, McComas, McDonald, Miller^ Stoddart, 
Summers, Woodward. 

Newspaper — Courier, McDonald editor. 

At Camden Point: Coffey, Flack, Forbis, Hale (postmaster), 

At Farley: Falkner, Dr. Johnson, Mason, Meads, Patton. 

At Hampton : F. Burnes. 

At New Market: Armstrong, Bishop, Cartwright, Ogden. 
Tufts, Wells. 

At Rkh/elj/: Ellington, Gustin, Chrisman, Sayle, Scott. 


Jan. 8 — Ab. Van Vrankin having died, his widow, DeboraJi, 
administered. Bond,|2,000. Ch: 1, Fernetta. 

Jan. 28 — The Legislature having appointed February 18th for 
an election of delegates to form a new State Constitution, a Union 
Convention for the 1.3th Senatorial District met at Barry, and, 
after approving the Crittenden Compromise resolutions, nomi- 
nated A. W. Doniphan. James H. Moss, and E. H. Norton for 

Jan. 29 — Kansas admitted as a State. 

Cai>t. James Carr, Maj. John McCluer, P. T. Abell, and 
others find Atchison too hot for their safety, and come to Platte 
City. Prof. Gaylord dismisses his school, and goes to Atchison. 


Feh. 9 — Jeff. Davis becomes IM-esident of the Confederacy, and 
rhas. RoVdnson governor of Kansas. 

1861, FEB. 307 ELECTION. 


(February 18, 18G1.) 

A. W. Doniphan Clay, 1,578 Platte, 2,275 

J as. H. Moss Clay, 1,468 Platte, 1,928 

E. H. Noi-tou Clay, 1,480 Platte, 1,891 

J. F. Foibis Clay, 160 Platte, 508 

K.M.Woods Clay, 66 Platte, 134 

Feb. 28 — The Constitutional Convention met at Jefferson City, 
chose Sterling Price president, and adjourned to meet at St. Louis 
March 4th, where the convention continued in session until March 
22d, when it adjourned until the third Monday in December. 

Seven States have seceded. 


March 11 — The county jail having been burned, the county 
court appropriated |10,000 to rebuild it in much better form. 
They made a contract with L. W. Dinsmore to do the work for 
$8,700, but, on account of the troublous times, the matter was 
deferred. So we had no jail until 1867, and prisoners were sent 
to other counties. 

March 25 — County bonds issued to the W. & A. Railroad Co, 
The sum of |80,000 had been subscribed, and |15,000 had been 
issued. Col. Jas. N, Burnes, president of the railroad, makes 
application for the other |15.000, and shows the railroad is now 
complete. Judge Jas. Layton, now sole judge of the county court, 
after receiving the advice of the circuit court, issues the bonds. 


March 26 — Rebel flags were flying everywhere, and the na- 
fitmal banner was discarded. On the Swaney building (now 
Wells' Bank), where the Argus, the Tenth Legion, and the 
Conservator were printed, a rebel flag floated all summer, much to 
the delight of Secessionists and the chagrin of Unionists. On one 
occasion Chas. B. Wilson hung from a window of the court-house 
a national flag, and Tom Dorriss and others tore it down. It en- 
gendered some feeling against Dorriss. and he left for St. Louis. 


April 1 — G. W. Belt elected mayor of Weston. 
Trains are running between St. Joseph and Weston, and 
steamers connect with Leavenworth. 

April 11 — William Mitchell having died, D. N. Mitchell ad- 
ministered. Bond, |600. 

April 12 — The first shot on Fort Sumter, and President Lin- 
coln calls for 75,000 volunteers. The war is on us. On the 14th 
the Fort was evacuated. Congress is called for Julv 4th. 


April 18 — Gov. C. F. Jackson refuses to raise Missouri's quota 
of the 75,000 men, declaring: "Not one man will the State of 
Missouri furnish for such an unholy crusade." 

The steamer Sam Gaty, at Leavenworth, hoisted a rebel flag, 
but was compelled to lower it. and raise the stars and stripes. 

April 20 — Henry L. Routt and 200 men capture Liberty 
Arsenal. Among them were Capt. McMurray and a compajiy 
from Jackson. The arms were taken and distributed in north- 
western Missouri. A large share are taken to Jeff. Thompson at 
St. Joseph. 

Under this date, Hooi. Ed M. Samuel wrote to me: ''The war 
is on us in earnest. Let Union men stand firm. Secession, iu 
Missouri, is annihilation." 

The Atlas having died out, E. S. Wilkinson issues a small 
Secession sheet at Platte City, called the Tenth, Legion. Only a 
few numbers were printed. Wilkinson had to leave, and Olark 
and Bourne started the Conservator. 



Revenue collected |22,231.18 

Warrants drawn 18,369.32 

Expenditures in Detail. 

Parkville bridge | 500.00 

Lower Bee Creek bridge , 48.00 

Skinner's bridge . . . 4,829.00 

Davis' Branch bridge 106.00 

Bridge on road to Sparta 110.00 

Rialto bridge 68.00 

Farley bridge 478.00 

New Market bridge 1,041.00 

Hughes' Mill bridge 65.00 

Platte City bridge 67.00 

Other bridges 187.00 

Weston and Platte City Turnpike 300.00 

Surveying 25.00 

Weston Court of Common Pleas 1,133.00 

Swamp-land 72.00 

Poor 2,487.00 

Court-house 93.00 

Jail 173.00 

Stationery 262.00 

Printing 298.00 

Commissioner of Schools (Harrington) 67.00 

Commissioner (Baker) 200.00 

1861, MAY. 309 THE JOHNSONS. 

('ounty .ludge (Luytou) -f i;{5.00 

Otliei- justices 396.00 

(Jouutv Clerk (Lewis) :i,111.00 

Sheriff (Bryantj 1, 209.00 

(N)iiiity Aitorney (Merryuiiiiii 85.00 

Treasurer (Fiveland). ." 961.00 

Assessors. 195.00 

Other purposes 608.32 

Total .118,369.32 

Assessmeut, |6,549,()()J. Levy — Slate. :V2 ceuls; county, 35 
cents ; poll, 37^ cents. 


William .Jolmsou was born in Virginia, and died in Platte 
August lo, 1845. He married, in Virginia, Margaret Shadrack, 
who died in Tlatte September 20, 1844. He was a soldier of the 
War of 1812. They came to < -lay. and settled near Barry in 1825. 
Children : 

L DAVID JOHNSON, was b. in Woodford County, Ky., Sept. 6, 
1814; d. in Platte March 1, 1887; m'd Feb. 9, 1837, Mary Ann 
Johnson, b. Oct. 11, 1819; d. :May 4. 1875. She was a dr. of 
John D. Johnson, of Clay. David Johnsoai came from 
Clay to Platte in 1837, and settled on a farm near Parkville. 
He Was a man of sound judgment and successful enter- 
prise, and started in life a large and useful set of sons and 

1. WWiam T. Johnfion, b. in Platte May 30. LS38; d. Oct. 

10, 1896; m'd Jan. 3, 1804, Catherine Morrow, dr. of 
A. J. He was a gentleman of thrift and enterprise, 
and had acquired a large body of excellent land six 
miles east of Platte Citv. Ch :' ["] Geo. L. ; [^] Jesse 
Johnson, m'd Dec. 19, 1894, Sallie C. Hoskins; 
[c] Laura V. Johnson, m'd Dec. 19. 1894, Chas. B. 
Hoskins; [<^] Mattie Johnson; [^] Wm. Lee Johnson. 

2. John L. Johnson, m'd Sallie Brown. Ch: [«] Wil- 

liam; [^'] Mary; [''] ^fatthew Johnson; [''] Emma; 
[''J Arthur; [1] Jose])h; [r/] Maggie; [''] Cliarles; 
['■] Dora; [/] John. 

3. (tC0/\7C-1. .7o7>ws'07). m"d Mary Calvert. Ch : ["] ^famie; 

[''] Fannie. 

4. A7/»»/V' .1/". Johiixou. m'd A])ril 9. L872, Pleasant T. Ford. 

Ch: ["] May Ford; p] .Tackson; [^] Grace T.; 
[^] Eva Foi'd! 

5. Maria Jolinf«)ii. m'd .John Gregg, son of David. Ch: 

["] Annie Gregg; [''] David; [^1 Clarence. 
0. David t^. Johnson, went to Oklahoma. 
7. Slnmnc] H. Johnson, b. Api'il 29. 1844; m'd Lnra Tii-own. 

dr. of Adam. Ch: ["1 Fannie, b. .Tan. 1. L^81; 

[''] :\rary. b. .ran.29. L883. 

1861, MAY. 310 THE JOHNSONS. 

8. Henry E. Johnson, m'd Feb. 24. 1886, Lizzie Jacks, dr. 

ofR. M. Cli: [«] Myrtle Johnson. 

9. Charles G. Johnson, m'd March 6, 1884, Eliza Higgins, 

dr. of John. Ch: [«] Ralph Johnson, 
10. Frank L. Johnson, m'd March 26, 1890, Emma C. 

Anders, dr. of J. K. 
I do not know whether David Johnson had brothers and 
sisters, but his wife, Mary Ann Johnson, daughter of John D., had 
such as follows: 1, Jane C.Johnson, m'd N. B. Hopewell; 2, Mar- 
garet, m'd Ezra Knighton; 3, Elizabeth Johnson, m'd Wm. 
Moseby. Ch: [«] Mary C. Moseby, m'd Wm. Stone; [^] Nancy 
Moseby; [c] Susan Moseby, m'd Isaac G-ivens; [^] Martha 
Moseby, m'd Jos. Covert. 

May 2 — The Missouri Legislature convened, at the call of 
Gov. 0. F. Jackson, to take the State out of the Union. 

May 6 — John M. Gray having died, his widow, Mary A., ad- 
ministered. Bond, |500. 

May 10 — Capture of Camp Jackson at St. Louis. 

May 16 — Capt. Wallace Jackson and his company, raised in 
Platte, go to St. Joseph, and are sworn in as State militia. They 
join Gen. Price. 

May 21 — Grasshoppers invade Kansas. 

May 25 — Union men in Platte become alarmed, and many en- 
list in the Federal service. 


June 1 — Dr. Frederick Marshall died at Platte City. R. D. 
Johnson is appointed executor. Bond, |100,000. (See.) 

June 4 — L. C. Jack having died. Ad. Burge administers, 
liond, 120,000. (See Wm. Jack.) 

Rebel flag captured at latan, 

June 12 — Gov. Jackson call for 50,000 volunteers, to resist 
the Federal aggressions. 

June 13 — D. R. Anthony kills Satterlee at Leavenworth. 
Tried and acquitted. 

G^n. Nathaniel Lyon leaves St. Louis for Jefferson City, on a 
steamer, with trooi)S and munitions of war. 

Junf' J.') — Jefferson City evacuated by Governor Jackson, and 
Gen. Lyon lands his ti-oops. The 16th Gen. Lyon starts for Boon- 
ville. and the 17th issues a proclamation. 

J-iine 28 — The Leavenworth Herald, a Secession paj^er, is 
destroved bv a mob. 

1861, JULY. 311 BEN FRY. 


Juljl 3 — (\in\. Lyon leaves liooiiville for southwest Missouri. 

J id If S — Elijali Mogan having died, his widow, Permelia, ad- 
ministers. Bond, |1,()00. He married, in 18.37, in Lafayette 
County, Mo., Termelia Tribble. (See Tribble Family.) She was 
born in 181G, and died in February, 1886. He was a justice of the 
peace of Lee Townshij) for several terms, and a man of intelli- 
gence and honor. His wife was a woman of marked virtue and 
independence. In 182U she went to Cedar County to reside with 
a daughter, and there died. Her sons, Origen and Alexander, 
gave their lives to the South. Another son, Thomas J. Morgan, 
was killed in a row, April 5, 1879, by Ben Fulcher. He married, 
January 5, 1879, Sue Todd, daughter of Oliver. S. D. Morgan and 
Susan J., wife of Albert Todd, live in Cedar County. (See Todd 

July 9 — Gen. John C. Fremont is |)hu-ed in command of this 
department, with headquarters in St. Louis. 

J 111 If 10 — The first issue of the Platte Countv Sentinel, at Wes- 
ton, by A. F. Cox. 

Jul If 18 — The first overland coach arrives, 17 days from San 

Jtilif 21 — The first Bull Run fight. Wilkerson issued an 
extra Tenth Legion, gloating in triumph over the result, with 
roosters and exclamation points. 

Juhf 22— The State Constitutional Convention meets at Jef- 
ferson City. 

July 2Jt — Gen. Pope, on the steamer White Cloud, destroys 
ferryboats at several points on the Missouri. He has 200 United 
States soldiers aboard. At Blue Mills Landing he is attacked 
by Jackson County Confederates, who are dispersed by artillery. 

July 30 — The Convention declares the offices of governor and 
lieutenant-governor vacant, and appoints Hamilton Gamble and 
^Y. P. Hall to those places. 

July 31 — Benjamin Fry, of Green Township, having been 
murdered in his orchard, Thos. McClain administers. Bond, 
'foO.OOO. Suspicion fell on one of his sons, ]'>eniamin, who was 
apprehended and indicted; but,having escaped, was never brought 
to trial. His wife, Eliza, survived him. Ch: 1, Carter Frv; 
2. Henry; 3, Mrs. Biggerstatf ; 4, M. S. Fry; 5, Mrs. A. Anderson; 
6, Mrs.I. N. Brockman; 7, Benj. Fry, Jr.; 8, John K.; 9, William; 
10, Mrs. C. Jones. 


Auff. 3 — (iov. Gamble issues a proclamation to the people of 


Aug. J — Gov. Jacksou responds with a declaration of tlie in- 
dependence of Missouri, 

Aug. 10 — Battle of Wilson Creek. Death of Gen. Lyon. 

Aug. 12 — Kebel Hags are flying; anarchy prevails; rebel 
camps are formed at Tlatte City, at Gooseneck, and at Cain's; a 
regiment is to be raised for the South, J. H, Winston is to be 
colonel, Brasfleld, Chesnut, Chiles, Garr, Chrisman, Gordon, 
McKinnis. Miller, Synnamon, and others are enlisting compa- 
nies. Arms are gathered and provisions collected. The Union 
men close their eyes in silence ; business stands still ; merchants 
dispose of their goods; valuable property disappears; horses are 
stolen or pressed, and crime goes unpunished. 

Aug. 15 — Platte City Academy is sold by the sheriff, for the 
liens of the contractors, and W. M, Paxton purchases at $9,000, 
Avhich was chiefly lost to him. He rents it to Elder A. B. Jones 
for flOO per annum, but never receives a dollar of rent. 


Aug. 16 — Lewis McDaniel having died, his widow, Rebecca, 
administers. Bond. |8,000. He was a wealthy farmer at Hamp- 
ton, and a high-minded and generous citizen. Ch: 

I. REBECCA McDANIEL. m'd 1st, May 28, 1857 William 
Zabriskv (see) ; m"d 2d, Dr. Samuel Rixev. (See.) 
HL GRANVILLE McDANIEL, m'd June 1.^. 1848. Sarah A. 


Aug. 20 — Gen. Fremont arrives in St. Louis. 

Aug. 28 — W. T. Green having died, A. G. Naylor administers. 
His widow was Sarah T., and children: 1. Francis M,. b. in 1856: 
2.JaniesH., b. inlS58. 


Shelton .1. Lowe died at New Market. He was an elder of 
the Old-school Baptist Church, and a man of mind and education. 
For sevei-al years he was an entorprising merchant of Weston. 
He married in 1844, in Indiana. Marv D. Potter, b. Mav 9, 1814, 
(licdat New Market in February, 189.'}. Ch: 

I. WILLIAM A. LOWE, for many years a business man of New 
^L'li-ket, and now a druggist of St. Joseph. He was b. Aug. 
2(;. 184:5; came to New Market in 1854; m'd Dec. 20, 1860. 
Sarah A. Dod sou. Ch: 

^. CaroHnr J. Loirr. 

•_'. Will >(i III h. I.nin . ufd Scjii. 2S. lsS«i. Kaclicl Byrd 

1861, AUG. 313 STAMPEDE. 

3. John S. Lowe. 4. Joie A. 5. Pratt A. 6. Sadie, M. 
7. Jubal E. S. Loire. 
n. SUSAN LOWE, m'd Dec. 27, 1867, W. S. Hull. iSoo.) 

Aug. St — Gen. Fremont issues his proclamation confiscating 
all property of rebels, and emancipating their slaves, in Missouri. 
This was ({ualified by the President, so as to apply only to such 
as thereafter might tak<^ uj) arms, or should give aid and comfort 
to the enemies of the riiilcd States. 


Sept. /—The Mechanics' T.aiik at Weston, deeming it unsafe 
to keep their gold, amounting to 1125,000, sent it to the parent 
bank, at St. Louis, in charge of directors Thos. Beaumont, S. P. S. 
McOurdy and W. M. Paxton. We went by St. Joseph and Macon. 
McCurdy was "boozy" and gave no attention. While we were in 
St. Louis, Gen Fremont declared the city and State under martial 
law. The feeling on both sides was intense. Soldiers were 
posted in all parts of the city. We had mnch trouble to get 
passes to leave. Prior to this time secession was freely discussed ; 
but from this day no one dared to declare his sentiments. 

The Liberty bank also sent its gold, in charge of Adkins, 
Moss, and Field, directors. 

From this time the banks not only refused to rede<^em their 
currency, but granted no more favors. Though the Weston bank 
had 1150,000 outstanding notes, and the Liberty bank had loaned 
.1|!17,000 to Platte County customers, yet neither bank lost one cent 
on a discounted note. I was agent for both banks at Platte City. 

Sept. 3 — Barclay, Copjtac, and 18 others are killed by rebels 
at Platte River bridge, in Buchanan. 

St. Joseph is occupied by rebels. 

Sept. 11 — Part of Col. •). 11. ^^Mnston's command starts for 


Sept. /(i— Col. K. P. Smith, of the Kith Illinois Infantry, leaves 
St. Joseph with a detachment of ;>00 men and one cannon, for 
Lexington, to support ^Mulligan. About 'A o'clock, the advance 
approached Platte City. Silas Gordon and his lieutenant. Black 
Triplett. went out to the steam saw-mill, on the turnpike, to meet 
them. From covert, they fired on the advance, when 400 yards 
distant, and a physician of St. .Iose|»h fell with a ball in his fore 
head. The main force came u]), and with their cannon fired three 
shots upon the town. Throughout the afternoon Ca])t. Carr was 
busy in the sti'eets of Platte City, trying to oi-ganize a. motley 
crowd to go to ITuh^Cs Bottom, on the »^ast side of the Platte, 
and from ambush tire u])ou the FediM'als as tlu\v ]>assed on the 
opposite side. 1 stood in my office door, on Main Str(M>t. and 


noted proceedings. About 70 men and boys, armed with shot- 
jrims, muskets, rifles, and pistols, were in line to be supplied with 
ammunition. A horseman galloped up and announced: "The 
Federals are crossing the bridge!" This was untrue, but the 
stampede that followed was sublime. It was the most precipitate 
retreat known to history. In one minute the street was clear; 
and men, women, and children deserted their homes and hastened 
to the country. This occurred at 4 p. m. An hour later the Fed- 
erals fired on the town. No damage was done, but the report of 
cannon hastened the stampede. The people snatched their valu- 
able property and bore it away. Corn-shocks were the beds of 
many that night. About 5 p. m. I went home, and, after supper, 
went forth, and found every house vacant. A squad of Federal 
soldiers, in command of Capt. Wilson, took me prisoner. Only 
three men were found in town — Morrison, Zimmerman, and me. 
For our temerity we had to supply supper for the men. Capt. 
Wilson kindly went home with me, and I was glad to accept his 
protection for the night. 

Sept. 17 — Col, Smith and his men, after looting the town, de- 
parted east in the morning. The refugees returned, and loud 
were the lamentations, and fierce and profane were the denuncia- 
tions, when each family found valuable articles missing. There 
were no others upon whom to wreak their vengeance, so we who 
had remained, and had preserved much property, were traduced. 


From this date, all who had taken up arms against the United 
States were disfranchised. 


No one could vote without subscribing the following affi- 
davit: ''I do solemnly swear that I have not, since the 17th day 
of September, 1861, willfully taken up arms or levied war against 
the United States, nor against the provisional government of the 
State of Missouri." Subsequentlv the oath took an iron-clad 
form. (See "Oaths.") 

The battles of Blue Mills and of Morristown. 


Sept. 20 — From time to time Federal troops were sent to 
Weston and Platte City. The latter town was terribly disloyal, 
and suffered heavily. The soldiers foraged on the j^eople. R. M. 
Cordon had 400 bushels of wheat, which was marketed for him. 
I was then the manager of the Platte City Water Mills, and was 
levied on by both parties. Silas Gordon took what he wanted. 
I find the following receipt among my worthless papers: "Nov. 
20, 1801, received of W. M. Paxton 5,570 pounds of flour at 3 cents, 
:?167.00; 10 bushels meal at 40 cents, |4.00. (Signed) A. C. Miller, 
Quartermaster 4th Div., Mo. Vols." On the 23d of November I 

J 861, SEPT. 315 THE BANES. 

furnished under duress to the United States 2,000 pounds of hav, 
flO; 10 busliels of corn at 25 cents, |2.50; 8 cords of wood, at 
|2.25, |18. These accounts were only waste paper. 

Troops, both Northern and Southern, are gathering at Lex- 
ington. Half of Winston's regiment are there. 

Sept. 21 — Col. Mulligan, at Lexington, surrenders, and his 
men are paroled. Koss, Jack. Link, iNloore, and Todd, Southern 
men from Platte, are among the wounded. As the paroled Federal 
soldiers return to their homes, they are sometimes treated with 
indignity. At IMatte Tity sev(M-al were denied food; but they 
were speedily su]»plied by more humane citizens. 

Sept. 25 — General Ben ^\. Prentiss is in command at St. 


Oct. 8 — D. R. Anthony is provost-marshal at Kansas City. 

R P. Clark having been api)oiuted probate judge, in the place 
of H. C. Cockrill. holds the October temi. Xo probate court was 
held in January, 1862. Judge S. A. Gilbert holds the April term, 
1862. I presume that Clark refused to take the oath, and his office 
was vacated, so that Gilbert could succeed. 

Oct. 16 — The Constitutional Convention passed the Ousting 
Ordinance, requiring the iron-clad oath of all officers, and 
vacating the oflBces of such as failed to comply. 

Oct. 18 — Baldwin Bane having died, R. D. Johnston admin- 
isters. Bond. 110.000. 


Four brothers came to Platte in 1838, from Lewis County, Ky, 
They possessed wealth, enterprise, probity, and influence. 

I. JOHN BANE, was full of energy, and accumulated wealth, 
which he left to his widow, Mary Bane. At her death, a 
large body of land was sold, and the proceeds were dis- 
tributed to his and her collateral kindred. The will of John 
Bane gave his estate to his wife, for life, and remainder, 
half to his heirs, and half to hers. In 183.3, w^hen Mrs. Bane 
died, the beneficiaries constituted a host. Mr. Bane died 
in June, 1871. He had large experience as a mate on steam- 
boats, and when the Ha idee was purchased by Platte City 
parties, he was emploved as mate. 
11. BALDWIN BANE, nmi-ried in Kentucky. Cli: 

1. Edward Bane. 

2. Martha S. Bane, m'd Nov. 11, 1858, H. Clay Hatfield. 

3. Marii Bane, m'd James Cole, and was mother of Pinkie 

Cole, first wife of ( Jabe Rice. 

4. Eupha Bane, m'd E. J. Phillips. 

Mr. Baldwin P.ane m'd 2d, Nov. 23. 1841, Hulda Ann 

1861, OCT. 316 SYNNAMON'S MEN. 

Johnston, b. i^iept. o, 1813; d. Feb. 10, 1895 She was a sister 
of Capt. K. D. Johnston. Oh: 

5. Isabel Banc, m'd Hon. Ch: [«] Waller B. Hon; 

[^] Annie J. Hon; [c^] James A. Hon. 

6. Lousia Banc, m'd Nov. 9, 1876, Thos. K. Eskridge, b. 

in Fauquier Co., Va., Sept. 10, 1817; d. in Platte, near 
Hampton, March 10, 1889, son of Sidney. Ch: 
[a] Jas. Eskridge; [?'] Ella; [^'] Addison; [d] Thos. 

7. Thomas Banc, lived with his mother until lately. He 

now lives in Kansas. 

III. WILLIxVM R. BANE, was a pushing, active, and lively man. 

He served several terms as constable of Carroll Township, 
and kejit the Green House in Platte City some years. 

IV. JAMES AT. BANE, b. in Lewis Co., Ky.. Feb. 16, 1816; d. in 

Platte, two miles south of Platte Citv. April 10, 1889; 
m'd April 6, 185.'3. Mrs. Permelia Little, d. in Sept., 1895. 
He was an intelligent and interesting talker, and displayed 
spirit and vivacity. But he became deranged, and in 
August, 1861, Dr. A. T. Guthrie was appointed his guardian. 
He was sent to the Lunatic Asylum, and on his return be- 
came quiet and silent. He came west in 1843, and settled 
on the farm where he died. Ch : 

1. Laura F. Bane, m'd July 22, 1880, John E. Jones, son 

of LeAvis Jones and Isabella McColum. Ch: [«^] Jas. 
M. Jones; [^] Ida May Jones; [*^] Carrie B. Jones. 
They live on the old Bane farm, two miles south of 
Platte City. 

2. John R. Banc, was killed Aug. 12, 1881. by his brother- 

in-law, John E. Jones, in an affray over watering 
stock. Mr. Jones was tried for murder and acquitted, 
John R. m'd Dec. 16, 1880. Elizabeth Cole. She now 
lives in Platte City. Ch: [«] Maud Bane, the gay- 
est and sweetest gii-l that trips the streets of our 
V. CLAYTON BANE; of him I know nothing. 


This luoutli 82 enlisted. Confederates were sworn in by 
R. ]'. C. Wilson. Ca]>t. Synnanion's company passed through 24 
b;it11es, Itesides many skirmishes. He liimself is covered with 
wounds: 1st, a1 Corinth; 2d. at Port Gibson ; ,3d. at Vicksburg; 
Mil. at Fi;mklin, where he was cajitured and lield ])iisoner until 
the dawn of )>eace. Of the 82 men. 40 fell in l)attle. or by disease, 
befoi-e the war ended, and 34 others were wounded in battle. We 
will i^ive. in alphabetical ord<M',' a feW of the nam<>s and their fates: 
I. Dallas Calvert, son of Henry, a brother of Smith, killed 
a I Milliken's Bend. 

■_'. I). TT. Caheit. son of Lewis, wonnded and (•ai»tnred. 


3. Biddle Clark (Capl.), kille<i at Baker's Creek. 

4. John Crobaiyci', woniulcd and (•ai)tui-od and died at 
I'ort Gibson. 

5. NVill H. Clay, wounded at I'ort Gibson, and killed at 

G. Oscar Cooper, killed at A'icksburg'. 

7. Thomas Cooper, wounded and captured at Vicksburg. 

S. Turner Jeter, killed at N'icksburg. 

I). Wm. Gladden, w^ounded and captured at (^orintJi; died. 

10. Dr. Jas. A. Herndon, wounded and captured at Franklin. 

11. Corp. Will Harrington, son of Miles, killed at Port 

12. Bennett Herndon. wounded at Corinth and killed at 
New Hope, Georgia. 

13. Henry Herndon, died in the war. 

14. B. F. Murdock, w^ounded at Latimer Farm, and at Frank- 
lin; captured at Camp Morton, and imprisoned to the end. 

15. James Marsh, captured at Vicksburg and died in prison. 

16. Mat J. Moore, wounded three times — at Vicksburg, at 
Altoona, and Port Gibson ; and brevetted for gallantry. 

17. Searg. Frank H. Owen, wounded at Kenesaw Mountain, 
brevetted for gallantry at Vicksburg, and killed at Franklin. 

18. Geo. OlTutt. w'ounded at Port Gibson, captured at Vicks- 
burg, and imprisoned to the end. 

19. John Oldham, son of Lou, wounded at Corinth ; captured 
at Port Gibson. 

20. Leonidas Oldham, died in hospital at Port Gibson. 

21. John B. Slone. wounded at Corinth, captured at Vicks- 
burg, and imprisoned to the end. 

Oct. 22— Battle of the Blue. 


Nov. 1 — Parties are growing labid. ^1. L. Young, Elias 
Barbee and other Southern men seize Judge Birch and S. A. Gil- 
bert and other T'nion men, and post them off under guard, to Gen. 
Price's army. They are sent back unharmed. 

Federal soldiers are stationed at Weston and Platte City. 
The toll-gate books show that this month 460 cavalry soldiers 
passed between Weston and Platte City. A. C. Miller was 
quartermaster of the 4th Division, with headquarters at Weston. 

The State and county oflficers, generally, refuse to take the 
oath, and new ones are appointed. 

Nov. 11 — Gen. Halleck succeds Gen. Fr«^mont. in command 
at St. Louis. 

Gov, Jackson's Legislature, in session in southwestern Mis- 
souri, passes an ordinance of Secession. 

Nov. 12 — The Department of Kansas is created, and Gen. 

1861, NOV. 318 DR. CALLAHAN. 

Hunter is placed in command at Fort Leavenworth. He arrived 
at bis post the 25th. 

Nov. 11 — The Liberty bank has been discounting liberally, 
but now will take no paper, 

Nov. 18 — Mrs. Sarah H. Callahan died. 


Was born in Fleming County, Ky., July 16, 1821. After receiv- 
ing his diploma from the Cincinnati Medical College, he located 
in Platte City, about 1843. A year later, he married Sarah H. 
Metcalfe, born May 14, 1825, and died November 18, 1861, buried in 
Platte City. She was a beautiful and lovely woman. Her 
parents were Alfred and Mary Metcalfe, a name honored and 
revered throughout the West. Dr. Callahan and I became part- 
ners, first in the mercantile line in Platte City, in 1850, and in 
1853 we bought, for |15,000, a half interest in the Platte City 
Water Mills. January 1, 1858, Dr. Callahan withdrew from the 
firm, and took dry goods as his share. He settled at Leavenworth, 
but his Southern blood would not permit him to remain there, 
and he removed, temporarily, to Cincinnati; but found no rest 
until the war ended. After spending several years in Platte City, 
he returned to Leavenworth, and while he lived, stood at the head 
of his profession. He was a man of truth and integrity. His 
greatest failing was that he would not collect his dues. He died 
in 1896 and was buried at Platte Citv. 

I. HENRY T. CALLAHAN (TOBE), b. May 7, 1845; ni'd March 
6, 1866, Kate Chesnut, b. Aug. 27, 1853. He was a man of 
courage, nerve, and chivalry. He was killed, perhaps 
murdered, Jan. 18, 1874. The culprit escaped. In a poem 
dedicated to his honor, I wrote: 

I knew him when a sprightly child. 

And met him daily in his youth. 
He proved impulsive, bold, and wild. 

But strict in friendship, love, and truth. 
A bitter foe and genial friend. 

He gave no insult, brooked no slight — 
Would readily his wrongs amend. 

And sought to know and do the right. 

1. Lora Callahan, h. June 24, 1867. 

2. Mittlr H. Callahan, b. Sept. 16, 1869 ; m'd Nov. 11, 1891. 

H. Cam. Wells. Ch: ["] Katharine Wells. 
Mrs. Kate Callahan m'd 2d, Oct. 19. 1875, G. F. Clemings. 
Ch : 1, H. Smith Clemings, b. Ai>ril 23, 187S. 
II. PICKETT CALLAHAN, b. Aug. 18, 1849. 
UL ELIZABETH CALLAHAN, b. Oct. 12, 1851. 
IV. ALFRED M. CALLAHAN, b. May 5, 1854. He is a mer- 
chant in Leavenworth, and has a familv. 

1861, NOV. 319 MAJ. JOSEPH. 

V. MARY, b. May 7, 1857; m'd G. W. Early. 
VI. WM. PAXTON CALLAHAN, b. March 2, 1859 (my 40th 

Nov. 2't — Circuit court met, aud Judf^e Woodson continued 
all the eases, and adjourend. The prior March and June terms 
were likewise adjourned, with little business done. 

Nov. 30 — Gen. Hunter sent a squad of soldiers from Fort 
Leavenworth to apprehend Dr. Thos. Beaumont, Jacob Cox, Jos. 
Nower, Thos. Stock well, and others, residing near New Market, 
on account of their Southern sympathies. With the soldiers 
came a lot of ''Red-legs" and thieves, who hel])ed themselves to 
horses, carriages, and every valuable they could tind. The mili- 
tary permitted the outlaws to steal without hindrance. The 
prisoners were kept on parole for two weeks, and then discharged. 

J. P. Grubb succeeds Thoronghman as circuit attorney. 


Dec. 1 — Gen. Hunter issued an order to J. R. Burckhartt, R. 
P. Clark, Clinton Cockrill, W. M. Paxton, and two others, not 
remembered, to deliver Silas Gordon to him, or to drive him 
from the country, within a limited time, or he would lay waste 
Platte County, burn every house, and liberate every slave. This 
order produced consternation, and Gordon and part of his com- 
pany were prevailed on to leave for the South. ]\Ir. Burckhartt, 
Mr. Cockrill, and I went to the Fort to make our report. We 
found Gen. Hunter a large, dark, frowning man, with bull- 
dog features, profane and ungentlemanly. He made threats to 
remove all slaves from our county. I suggested that he had no 
power, under the Constitution, to do so. His reply was: "Damn 
the Constitution!" 


\Vith some two hundred soldiers, was stationed at Platte City, 
early in November. The county was infested with small bands 
of bushwhackers, and danger threatened the Federals at all times. 
They foraged on the peo])le, who were granted (luai-termaster 
receipts, which proved of little value. After a few w(^eks, Maj. 
Joseph left with his cannon and camp-equij»age for Weston. 
The bushwhackers learned of his movements, and gathered, under 
Capt. Carr, in ambush on the south side of the road, east of Bee 
Creek. As the Federals approached, they were tired on, and two 
were killed, and others wounded. ]NraJ. Joseph retired a hundred 
yards, and, with his cannon, opened on the bushwhackers, who 
withdrew with little damage. For years the maiks of the gi*ape- 
shot could be seen on the trees. There is a sequel to this strata- 
gem, in the tragedy that soon followed, in the death, at the same 
jdace, of Trii)lett and Close. 

1861, DEC. 320 THE RECORDS. 


Silas Gordon Avas still at Platte Citj with a few of Ms men, 
who camped cm the public square. He took the records of the cir- 
cuit and county courts, and subsequently of the probate court, and 
hid them some four miles west of Platte City. The purpose was to 
preyent all further legal proceedings and collections of debt. 
They were afterwards restored by Col. Morgan. 

Judge Silas Woodson comes to Platte City to hold court, but 
is warned by Si Gordon that if he attempts it, it will be at the 
risk of his life. The judge returns home. 


Dec. 3 — Obed Brown (ii) and Silas Gordon were friends, but 
Brown was drunk. In the middle of Main Street, Gordon was 
standing with the breech of his musket resting on the ground 
Brown worried Gordon with his drunken talk, and Gordon 
pushed the barrel of the musket against Brown's head. The 
latter staggered and went off to a shed and lay down. A fire 
was built for his comfort, but in the morning he was unconscious, 
and died the 6th inst. 

Obed Brown (ii) was a son of Obed Brown (i), and was a man 
of sound judgment and an industrious, honest, and successful 
fai'mer. He married, in Indiana, in 1832, Eliza Groyer. daughter 
of the Indian missionary, -loel Groyer. She was a sister of 
Levina Whittock and of the distinguished D. A. N. Grover, of 
Kansas. She was born September 13. 181.5, and died at Kansas 
City May 10, 1893. Ch: 
L LORINDA P.ROWX, m'd Robert Robinson and died in :\ris- 

sissippi ; 1 children. 
II. MARIA ]'.R()WN, ni'd Richard Dunlap. Liye in Texas; 5 

ITT. MISSOURI BROWX. b. Xoy. 25, 1812; m'd -Tnly 4. 1867. Thos. 

C. Jacks, b. in 1812, son of vSidney. Ch: 
1. Garnet, b. Dec. 19, 1877. 
1 \'. OSCAR BROWX, m'd July 6, 1866, Kate Kuykendall. (See.) 
V. AMAXDA, b. Sept. 20, 1847; d. Apnl 21, 1880; m'd Oct. 6, 

1868, Robert Xunnelly, b. Jan. 8. 1816. He m'd 2d, Sept. 

15, 1881, Laura Johnson, of Clay. They liye in Oklahoma. 
VL LAURA BROWX, b. July 27, — ^; m'd A]nil 1. 1872. Dayid 

Bullock. (See.) 
VIL ALICE BROWX, m'd Eli J. Arnold. Liye in Oklahoma; 3 

YIIL BELLE BRO\AX. m'd Dan T. Stafford. Liye in Kansas 

TX. DAX BROWX, m'd June 13. 1883, Sallic Grain. Liye at the 

old Brown homestead, on Wildcat Creek; 3 children. 

Dec. 15 — Dr. E. W. Brown, oculist, of Platte City, and an 
outspoken Secessionist, refused to take the required oath; and 


after moullis oi' iiuprisoinneuU his propeity was couliscated. lie 
was released and went to St. Joseph, where he died. He left a 
sou, Warren Jirown. 


Dec. 16 — Col. .Niorgan, now !>iaii(»n<(i ui ,.t's(i)ii, caiiic lo 
I'latte City about -1 p. ni. with 75 men. .V s(]ua(l was >senL to the 
house of Mrs. (.'elia Ivuykeudall, two miles north of IMatte City, 
where they captured \\ illiani L, Kuykendall. IMack Triplett, and 
Cabriel Close, who were bound and l)roujj;hl to I'latlc City. 

After supi)or, apprehending some ealamiiy, J went to Col. 
Morgan's headquarters, at the Fleshman House. Col. Morgan 
was excited, and ordered a soldier to summon forthwith the offi- 
cers of his command. The meeting was in secret, but 1 presunie 
the death of two of the prisoners was determined on in retaliation 
for the two Federals killed at liee Creek, and also the burning of 
Platte City was ordered. As I returned honx'. 1 observed the 
soldiers had built a hirge tire in the rear of tlu* Baptist Church, 
near the center of block L**J. 1 could not sleej) for apprehensions 
of danger, and about 12 o'clock I discovered the town was atire. 
It had started in a store on Lot 3, Block 29. No alarm had been 
given, and not a dozen citizens were on hand. Col. Morgan's 
men were drawn up east of the crossing of Main and Third 
streets. The only brick house on the south side of P>lock 2!) was 
that of Howell Jenkins. He had a solid brick wall, firewalls and 
tin roof to his house, and by the free use of water he was saved. 
1 organized a small lot of negroes, and gave my attention to the 
clerk's offices and the store-houses west of them. The latter 
were often on tire, but the flames were extinguished. We 
thought the fire had run its course, when a small flame appeared 
on the apex of the cupola, where the iron spire left it. I ran to 
Col. Morgan, who was excited. He denounced his men for burn- 
ing the court-house, and exclaimed, "I told you the court-house 
must not be burned. Go and put it out." A half-dozen left. I 
suggested to Col. Morgan that he turn his cannon on the tire, 
and blow off the top of the cui)ola. The men laughed at my 
ignorance of military affairs. The men procured a ladder, and 
several of them went up into the cupola with buckets of water. 
A bucket thrown from the cupola struck my arm, and the pain 
was so intense that I went home. Col. Morgan's talk show^ed 
plainly that it was liis intention to burn the town, but not the 
court-house. At least he so juetended. 

In the morning Col. Morgan went with his men on a scout- 
ing expedition through the <'astern part of the county, and re- 
tuned about li p. m. Capt. Wm. Triplett, father of the prisoner, 
was in town, and asked the privilege of speaking to his son, who, 
with Kuykendall and Close, stood bound on the street. Wlien 1 
asked this privilege, the reply of Col. ]M organ was: "Yes. God 
damn him I let him say now what he pleases, for he will never see 
him alive again." 




Dec. 11 — Col. Morg:an, at 4 p. m., went with his men and 
prisoners to the Remington farm, on the road to Weston, and 
stayed until morning. The prisoners had their supper, and, as 
the}' sat on a log, an officer came and selected from the three 
Triplett and Close, and told them to go with him and several men 
in his charge, Thej' were taken to the spot where two of Maj. 
Joseph's men had been killed. On the south side of the road, a 
hundred feet east of Bee Creek bridge, they were ordered to stand 
forth and be shot. Triplett stood and was shot, but Close ran into 
Bee Creek. His hands were bound, and he floundered in the mud. 
Just as he was rising on the opposite side of the creek, he was met 
bj a soldier, who had croissed by the bridge, who plunged his 
bayonet through him several times, and left him dead in the mud. 

Two days later I passed the scene of this tragedy, and saw 
the pool of Triplett's life-blood. Some one had, from his blood, 
written the letters "U. S." on the southwest corner of the bndge. 
This grim memento of the war was there for many years. 

Dec. 20 — Capt. Havens, of the 18th Missouri, came to Platte 
City, and remained a few weeks. He required national flags on 
all houses, and every man had to take the oath of allegiance to 
the United States. 


The removal and secretion of the records by Gordon and 
others was ground for the scheme of removing the county seat 
to Weston; and in furtherance of the plan I was served with a 
written order, from Col. Morgan, to send the remaining books and 
papers to Weston. Xo wagon could be found, as every convey- 
ance had been hid or removed. Thereupon, Col. Morgan sent me 
two Government wagons, which I filled with cases and old worth- 
less papers. Part of these were returned. 



Governor, Ham. Gamble; Congressman, E. H. Norton; Sen- 
ator, .J. T. V. Tli(H)ij>s()n; Circuit Attorney, J. P. Grubb; Circuit 
Judge, vSilas Woodscm; Sherift', vacant; Coroner, G. W. Hood; Sur- 
veyor, vacant; Public Administrator, W. M. Paxton; Pmbate 
Judge, S. A. Gilbert; Circuit Clerk, G. W. Belt; County Judge, 
Jas. H. Layton; County Attorney, R. P. Clark; County Clerk, 
D. V. Lewis-; Treasurer, R. M. Johnston; School Commissioner, 
R. X. HiUTiiiirton. 

1862, JAN. . 323 BUSINESS MEN. 


At Platte City: Attorneys — Baker, Clark, Harrington, Mer 
ryman, Paxton, Titt, Bmitli, Spnitt, Wilsons. 

Physicians — Baldwin, Guthrie, Kednian, Wallace. 

Merchants, etc. — Burge, Jenkins, Johnson & Son, A. B. Jones, 
Murray & Freehind, W.oolfolk, Young. 

At Weston: Attorneys — Bumes, Carroll, Doniphan, Fulton, 
King, Lawson, Gilbert, McGurdy, Wolf. 

Physicians — Beaumont, Bonifant, Shortridge. 

Merchants — Basye, Bell, Briggs, Belt & Colman, Deitz, Dop- 
pler. Dye, Ellifrit, Kaufman, Lasley & Allgair, Mettier, Miller & 
Steele, Mitchell, Noble, Perrys, Raileys, Rhoring, Ringo (post- 
master). Walker, Warner, Weber, Wood. 

At Parkvillc: Ashby, Beeding, Campbell, McDonald, Ringo. 
Bueneman. Summers, Wilson. 

At Camden Point: Flack, Dr. Thomas, Hale (postmaster). 

At Farleji: Faulconer, Dr. Johnson, Mason, Meads, Swain. 

At New Market: Armstrong, Bishop, Allen, Ogden, Single- 
ton, Wells. 

At Ridgely: Gusttin, Sayle. 

Markets-^Bacon, 6 cents; beef, 3 cents; flour, |2.50; lard, 
7 cents; meal, 30 cents; pork, 3 cents; salt, |1; rent, |2.50 per 
acre; wages, per day, 75 cents. 


Jan. 1 — No silver or gold in circulation. The notes of the 
Missouri banks are all, except the Union Bank, at par. The lat- 
ter is discounted 15 per cent. 


Jan. 16 — Silas Gordon's company was this day swora in at 
Springfield, Mo., and is known as the 9th Company, Col. Gates' Reg- 
iment, 1st Brigade Missouri Volunteers, under Goa'. Jackson's call. 
Names: J. Anderson, Isaac and J. N. Archer, Steve Baker, Chas. 
and Wm. Barbee, J. W. Barclay, Thos. Barnes, M. R. Bell, Ed Bow- 
man, Cal. Blankenship, John Blanton, John Bradley, Thos. E. Bur- 
ton, W^m. Callahan, Frank Carsley, Alex. Carson, Martin B. 
Carter, Reuben Cassel, Joshua Copeland, Frank Cleed, E. McD. 
Coffey, Thos. B. Cole, Ben S. Cooper, Silas Elliston, Thad. Farley, 
B. G. Frazier, Jas. G. Gardiner, Silas M. Gordon, Will Hadley, 
J. Halpin, Mit. Hartman, Del. Harris, Mat Hudson, John James, 
Thos. Jenkins, F. Kennedy, Peyton Long, R. A. Locke, Sid. Lanter, 
R. W. Mitchell, M. B. Minnear, T. L. Moore, Alex Morgan, J. W. 
Olvis, Wm. Palmer, Ben S. Powell, Harvey Rector, E. and J. B. 
Redman, Geo. Reed, John Rowlev, D. R. Shoemaker, Dr. W. F. 
Stark, C. H. Steele, Aug. Spratt, Henrv Sutton, J. W., W. D., and 
W. P. Tavlor, Albert H. and Jarret Todd, Jas. B. and John W. 
Todd, W. H., Wm. L., and H. L. Todd, Ben Talbott. John P. Tribble. 
Elijah Whitton, H. B. Williams. 

1862, FEB. 324 JAMES A. PRICE. 

This list is found in tbe Border Times of March 16, 1866, and it 
is said Si. Grordon was captured and paroled at Yicksburg. The 
list had been found but a few days prior to its publication. 


Feh. 1 — Col. Do'Ubleday, of an Ohio cavalry regiment, with six 
companies of his men, came to Platte City in December, and left 
in March, 1862. He was himself a polished gentleman, and his 
officers and men were well-behaved. They made their quarters 
in the Dorriss and the Tebbs residences. Perfect quiet reigned 
during their stay, but many deaths from disease among the 
soldiers produced uneasiness. I have the names of ten that died, 
with the date of death, and the company to which each belonged. 
Thej' were buried in our cemetery, but some were removed. 


March 6 — The battle of Pea Ridge commenced. 

March 7 — S. A. Gilbert is appointed probate judge, to hold 
until August, 1865. The county court appointed S. P. S. McCurdy 
judge of the Weston Court of Common Pleas in place of James 
Doniphan, ousted. 


March 15 — James A. Price, clerk of the Weston Court of Com- 
mon Pleas, resigns, and raises a company for the war. It partic- 
ipated in many campaigns, and w^as cut to pieces at Shiloh. 


March 20 — Greenup Bird, cashier of the bank at Liberty, 
under this date, writes to me: 

''Sometime since, Lieut. Lankford, of Cameron, established a 
recruiting office here, and, after enlisting some 15 men, left for 
Cameron to bring more troops. On Friday last, in Lieut. Lank- 
ford's absence, about 1 p. m.,our town was surprised by the entry of 
25 or 30 guerrillas, with Parker, of Jackson County notoriety, at 
their head. Three of them reined up on horseback before the bank 
door, and questioned me about the whereabouts of the Federals, 
and how many there were, at the same time presenting pistols at 
nie. Grimshaw, one of the recruits, suri^ndered; but they shot 
him through the neck, and left him as dead. But he has revived, 
and may live. We then closed the bank, and the guerrillas com- 
menced firing in the street. This was kept up some two hours. 
I suppfKsed tliey were shooting down every Union man in town. 
l>ut I now think they were after the recruits only. Ten of the 
recruits took refuge in an old frame, near the livery stable, with 
only nine guns. Parker, after firing at the shed for some time 
from behind houses, sent the recruits a flag of truce, threatening 
to burn the shed unless thev surrendered. They surrendered, and 


were marched out of town with the United States flag from the 
coiirt-hoiise trailing- in the mud. Col. Catherwood, with j)art of 
his command, rtMclied liere the next morning, at daybi-eak; but 
Parker and his prisoners were gone." 

Mitrch 22 — Defense warrants are worth 75 cents. 


April J — Shives are daily escai)ing — being enticed away and 
helped by the soldiers. A State law allows a |100 reward to b<« 
paid by the master, for returning a runaway. Organized ])arties 
entice a slave away, and confederates capture him and claim 
the reward. 


April 7 — xVll State officers that refuse to lake the oath are 
displaced. Bryant, sheriff, refused to swear allegiance, and 
<U'ame W. Hood, coroner, succeeded. Remington, circuit clerk, 
likewise refused, and G. W. Belt was appointed to his plac*-. R. P. 
( 'lark, for like reasons, was superseded by S. A. Gilbei' ii''obate 

Battle of Shiloh. 

April 23 — Merryman & Paxton form a law partnership. 

April 2.'i — Robert Ross having died, Wm. Turner administers. 
Ch: 1, p]lizabeth Ann Cook; 2, Maria B. Myers; 3, Samuel Ross, 
t, David Ross; 5, James; G, Robert; 7, Mary; 8, William. 

j^pnl (J—BENJ. F. KIMSEY having died, Thos. Kimsey ad- 
ministers. Bond, |1,200. He married May 13, 1858, P^rances 
Brown, daughter of Samuel. Their only child was Mary A. 



Warrants drawn |11,831.03 

Revenue collected 4,441.51 

Deficit 17,389.52 

Expenditures in Detail. 

Skinner's bridge % 5,013.00 

I'arkville bridge 130.00 

Roads 85.00 

Court-house 5.00 

Jail 109.00 

Stationerv 42.00 

Printing 51.00 

Patrol 2,709.00 

Wood 82.00 

1862, MAY. 326 ELI HOGSETT. 

County Judge (Lavton) | 130.00 

County Clerk (Lewis) 602.00 

Assessor (Stone) 182.00 

Sheriff (Bryant) 256.00 

County Attorney (Clark) 62.00 

School Superintendent (Harrington) 62.00 

Circuit Clerk (Remington) 251.00 

Treasurer (Johnston) 100.00 

Sundries 1,597.03 

Total 111,831.03 

IfffT/ i— Slaves assessed, 2,318; value, |319,770. 

May 6 — Wm. B. Smith is appointed county attorney. 

Maij 7 — Maj. Douglas Dale and his lieutenant, W. B. Davis, 
are at Platte City, keeping order in the county. They belong to 
the 4th Cavalry, Missouri State Militia. Confederates are haunt- 
ing Grooseneck, and find aid and comfort at Bradley's, Brown's, 
and other houses. They give Lieut, Davis much trouble. On one 
occasion, he was pursuing a guerrilla, at a breakneck speed, when 
the pursued leaned back in his saddle, and w^ith his revolver shot 
back overhead at the pursuer. The ball struck the horse Davis 
was riding in the forehead, and he immediately died. Davis had 
a dangerous plunge, but was not hurt. I heard him tell the story, 
in an excited manner, immediately on his return. 

May P— ELI HOGSETT having died April 28, 1862, William 
Connoway administers. Bond, |4,000. His widow was Cynthia 
Ann. and their children: 1, Virginia, b. in Oct., 1851; 2, Perry, b. 
in Feb., 1854; 3, James W., b. in Feb., 1856; 4, Thos. Hogsett, b. 
in March, 1859. 

Maij 26 — J. M. Carpenter enrolled as an attorney. 

Col. Oeo. H. Hall, 4th Cavalry, Missouri State Militia, is in 
command, with headquarters at St. Joseph. He is interested in our 
condition, and, under his protection, all is quiet in Platte. 

HUGH WILSOX died in Weston. His widow was Ann, and 
his children: 1, Andrew D. Wilson; 2, William J. Wilson; 
3, John M.; 4, Medora; 5, Edwin; 6, Sarah Wilson. 


June 1 — Geo. T. Hulse, cashier of the Weston branch of the 
Mechanics' Bank, resigns, and his assistant, John M. Railey, takes 
his T)lace. 

June 2 — W. W. Dale having died, Chas. A. Liggett adminis- 
ters. Bond, 110,000. 

Jmic 3 — Joseph Mooneyham having died, his widow, Eliza, 
administers. Bond, $3,000*^. Ch: 1, John D.; 2, Jacob C; 
3, Letitia. 

1862, JUNE. 327 HILAMAN Hl'RLBUT. 


June 9 — Hilaman Hurlbiit (liinl. He was horn in Conneoticnt 
November 5. 170!). He inarruHl J'.arbara ('his^iiiiore, l»orii in 
Greenbrier County, Va.. and died in Plat le November T), 1892. He 
was a son of Gen. Hiirlbut of the Kevokitionary War. He re- 
moved to Vh'ginia, where he married, and the family came to 
Platte in 1841. settling four miles east of I»latte City. , Mr. Hurl- 
but was a i)eculiar man. He was (I feet 2 inches high, and stood 
erect in soldier-like dignity. He had nothing to say socially, and 
his sentences seldom exceeded three words. He made no etfort 
to secure friends. His wife was like him, and no company ever 
entered their house. Cheese was their staple product, and Mr. 
Hurlbut often brought to market wild i)igeons, when no one else 
thought there was a pigeon in the State. He cailglit them in some 
way in a large net. His cheese was tough and poor, but he sup- 
plied Platte City for years, with small cakes, at ten cents a pound, 
until we all got to like ''Hurlbut's cheese." Their only child was: 

I. CHESTER HFRLP.UT. who m'd Nov. 13, 1804, Laura A. 
Swaney, dr. of John. She is a lady of culture, and has 
published in the papers several continued stories, which 
were much admired. They live in Kansas; 7 children. 

. Jiine 18 — Columbus Spencer having died, J. W. Martin ad- 
ministered. Bond, 120,000. He w^as said to have been murdered. 


. June 21 — E. S. Wilkerson, editor of the Tenth Lcf/ion. having 
advocated secession openly, found himself in danger, and sells the 
press and type upon which his paper was printed to Clark & 
Bourne. The latter also buy the material of the Ar</ufi and start 
a new Democratic paper, called the Platte Countif Conservator — 
24 columns, 20 inches long, at -f 1.50. It was at war with A. F. Cox, 
of the Weston Sentinel, a Union ]>aper. The Conservator was su])- 
pressed by Federal authority, after it had been published a few 
months, and the editors were banished to Iowa. 


June 28 — Isham Baber having died, B. L. Lampton adminis- 
tered. Bood, 115.000. His widow was Elizabeth, (^h: 

I. MAHALA BABER, m'd Benj. L. Lam])ton, d. Feb. 1, 1860. 
Their daughter: 
, 1. Mat ildri E. Lampton, m'd J}.. J.J Ank. <See.) 

II. RANDALL G. BABER, a highly honored business man and 
justice of the peace, at New Market. 
in. MARY BABER. m'd Nicholas Owens, dr. of .lohn. of Clay. 
He died, leaving: 

1. Sarah Owens, who m'd a Williams, and died in Jack- 
son County, Mo. 
. 2. John Owens. 

1862, JULY. 328 COL. JAMES A. PRICE. 

XV. LLX^Y ANN BABER, m'd 1st, a Blake; m'd 2d, J. H. 
V. ELIZABETH BABER, m'd Geo. Moon. 
VI. THOMAS G. BABER, died leaving an only child: 
1. Marietta. 


July 1 — The Union Pacific Railroad chartered by Congress, to 
be finished by July 1, 1876. 

July 2 — The oath of allegiance required by Congress of all 


Raised Company K, 18th Missouri Volunteer Infantry. It was 
sworn into the Federal service in 1861. Capt. Price was promoted 
major June 19, 1862. At the battle of Shiloh one-third of Com- 
pany K were killed or wounded. Capt. Price himself was one of 
the latter. ^A"ith a view of raising a new regiment, Maj. Price 
resigned and proceeded to enlist men in Weston. In July, 1862, 
he had 800 men; and on organization he was made colonel, John 
Doniphan lieutenant-colonel ,and John M. Clark major. The regi- 
ment was raised under the call of Governor Gamble for home 
l)rotectiou, and consisted of Company A, Capt. W. T. Woods; 
Company B, Capt. Jas. M. Nolaind; Company C, Capt. W. J. Fitz- 
gerald; Company D, Capt. Chas. G. Peacock; Company E, Capt. 
John H. Burt; Company F, Capt. Morton P. Moore; Company 
G, Capt. Charles Guenther; Company H, Capt. Samuel J. Miller. 
This regiment was known as the .39th, and kept good order 
in the countv until disbanded, November 1, 1863. Thence- 
forth, until the organization of the "Pawpaws," we were the prey 
of predatory bands of outlaws, who robbed and hung our people 
at their pleasure. 

July 16 — Three Federal soldiers, apprehended for crime, are 
brought to Platte City for examination. A squad of "Red-legs" 
appear, and order the prisoners to leave. One goes with them, 
and the other two remain. Col, J, A, Price sends a troop of his 
soldiers to see tliat there is no interference with the course of 


Auf/. Jf — Elias Barbee having died, T. F. Warner administers. 

Bond. i^r,.000. 


Ellas P.arliiH- lii, a Revolutionary soldier, was born in Vir- 
ginia, .liinc 14. \Hy.>. He married Elizabeth Slaughter, born July 
12, 1763, in ^'irginia. Near the close of the eighteenth century, 
tlu-y rouiovt'd to Green County, Ky. Here Elias Barbee (ii) was 

1862, AUG. 329 MAJ. DRUMHILLER. 

born iu 1S04, and died Juiio VJ, 1802. He was twice married: 
first, in August, 1825, to Mary Dui-hani, daugiiter of James, 
yhe was born in 1808, and died. He married, in Kentucky, second, 
August 29, 1841, Sarepta Graliani, born January 17, 1811, and died 
Marcli 25, 1890. She lived with lier dutiful children after her 
husband's death. She read much, and k(^i)t informed of the 
religious and political news of the day. Some years ago, her hip 
was dislocated by a fall from a wagon, and she had to use 
crutches. The Barbees are a distinguished family in Virginia and 
Kentucky. In my youth, I was well acquaintt^i with Joshua 
Barbee and his family, of Danville, Ky. Joshua was an uncle of 
Elias Barbee (ii). The latter was a Southern gentleman of inde- 
pendence, energy, aud enterprise. He and all his family espoused 
the cause of the South, and lost property and blood in the struggle. 
They came to Pleasant Ridge in 1847, and in its churchj'ard all 
the name expect to be buried. The first wife's children were: 
I. JAMES D. BARBEE, b. in Jan., 1827; m'd Amanda Miller, 
dr. of Lewis (see) ; 10 children. 
II. MARY W. BARBEE, b. in March, 1828; m'd April 29, 1849, 
John Mentor. 

III. OSCAR H. BARBEE, b. in March, 1880; m'd in 1856, Eliza J. 

Sloan, b. April 22, 1839, dr. of Allen. Tbey live in Andrew 

IV. WM. T. BARBEE, b. in Dec, 1831; d. in Utah March 24, 1896, 

aged 65 years ; m'd in 1881, Alice Moseby. 
Bv second wife: 
V. NANNIE O. BARBEE, b. in June, 1842; m'd Feb. 18, 1873. 
James J. Gabbert, b. Oct. 23, 1840; d. March 1, 1897. Ch: 
1. Barbee Gahhert. 2. John E. D. 3. Hope Gahhert. 
VI. JOHNSON BARBEE, b. in Jan., 1844; m'd in 1884, Kittle 

Vn. LAURA BARBEE, b. in June, 1847; m'd Dec. 2, 1868, D. O. 

Darnall. (See.) 
VIIL GRAHAM BARBEE, b. in June, 1849; m'd Jan. 18, 1887, 

Ella Nora Wvatt. 
IX. EMMET BARBEE, b. Oct. 25, 1847; d. Aug. 21, 1896; m'd Dec. 
13, 1866, Fannie B. Waggoner Ch : 

1. Alice. 2. Daisie. 3. Laura. 4. Peyton. 
Daisie graduated in June, 1896, from the Law Depart- 
ment of Washington University, taking the prize over 38 

Ang. 5 — James M. Murray and C. M. Boyd enrolled as 

Maj. Hars^el's house, at Liberty, burned at 3 p. m., by in- 
cendiaries. Harsel was in conmiand of the new militia, in the 
absence of Col. Penick. Gen. Loan is in conimand at St. JoseplL 

MAJ. DRUMHILLER is in command at Platte City, with 
part of Col. Penick's 5th Cavalry, Missouri State Militia. Wagons 
and teams are pressed for transi^ortation to Richmond, Mo. J. H, 

1862, AUG. 330 GREBNUP BIRD. 

BeiTy, A. Tribble, K. J. Kobertson, and others send teams on the 
trip of six days. 

Aug. 6 — F. G. Graylord appointed by the county court to ex- 
amine and license teachers for Platte, 

Aug. 9 — Greenup Bird, cashier of the bank at Liberty, writes 
to me: "A man named Thatcher, who had given bond and taken 
the iron-clad oath, was charged with violating the same, by stating 
he had killed Union soldiers, and would do so again, and who had 
made other tr-easonable utterances, was hung, about two miles 
south of Liberty, by order of Col, Penick. The stable of Henry 
Foley (a strong Union man), near where Thatcher was hung, was 
burned this morning. The people are to-day enrolling pretty 

Aug. 13 — Mr. Bird again writes to me: "Independence was 
taken on Monday by a band of guerrillas under John T, Hughes, 
The Federals wei'e driven into the bank and threatened with fire. 
An adjacent house already burning, they surrendered. Thirty or 
forty Federals were killed, and eight or ten guerrillas, and among 
the latter, John T. Hughes. Some forty Federals escaped, and 
others were paroled. 

Aug. 15 — Quantrell and Hays issue orders to kill all Federal 

Aug. 16 — Henry M. Woodsmall, of Parkville, crossed the Mis- 
souri with 128 Southern recruits. Oscar Beery was second 
lieutenant of the company. 

Aug. 25 — Thomas Foster having died, A. T. Foster adminis- 
tered. Bond, .fl2,000. His widow was Margaret, and children: 
1, Hannah Combs; 2, Mary Judy; 3, Martha Galbraith; 4, Elgiva 
Foster; 5, Amnion Foster; 6, Rebecca; 7, Carey Foster, 


Sept. 9 — A. G. Beller enrolled as an attorney. 

Sept. li— Battle of Bloomfield. 

Sept. 22 — President Lincoln's first Emancipation Procla- 

Sept. .?0— Lieut. D. Bonham, of the 4th Regiment (Col, Hall's), 
Missouri State Militia, stationed at Platte City, 


Oct. 1 — The Stamp Law went into effect. 

Oct. 6 — Waller R. P>rady having died, his widow, Eliza, ad- 
ministered. Ch: 1, Josephine Brady; 2, Georgeann; 3, Eliza- 
beth Brady. 

S. P. S. McCurdy reports to the county court that he had 


delivered fijU.UOO, in c'uiiitv bonds to Jas. N. Burnes, i)resident of 
the W. & A. Railroad Coini)any. 

Silas Gordon, Boaz Roberts, Quantrell, ''Red-lefjs,'' *'ja.v- 
hawkers," "buslnvhackers," guerrillas, press-gangs, outlaws, rob- 
bers, thieves, murderers, etc., etc., are topics. 

Oct. 10 — Richard Shackelford having died, his widow admin- 
istered. Bond. 110.000. Ch: 1, Jas. Shackelford; 2, William; 
3, Richard; 4, (xeorge; 5, Arch.; 0, Thomas; 7, Philip; 8, Mary E., 
m'd a Mayo; 9, Celia. 


Oct. l.'i — Ex-Judge John F. P.roadhurst having died near Park- 
ville, his widow, Z. G. Broadhurst, administered. Bond. |4,000, 
He was a man of sprightliness, and possessed good business quali- 
fications. He served a term as county judge, and voted for the 
subscription of |200,000 in bonds to the P. & G. Railroad, which, 
with as much more, in interest, the county had to pay, without 
receiving any consideration. Ch: 

I. MARGARET E. BROADHURST, m'd Nov. 22, 1859, Jas. H. 
Prather. Their daughter, Alta B. Prather, m'd Jan. 1, 
1896, Holland Bovdston; 
n. COLUMBUS W. BROADHURST, b. in 1842 ; m'd Dec. 8, 1875, 

A. B. Prather. 
HI. JAMES T. BROADHURST, b. in 1844; m'd Feb. 12, 1873, 

Sarah J. Mitchell. 

Oct. 23 — Fire at Plattsburg destroyed the office of the Xorth- 
icestern Reporter and the stores of McMichael & Funkhouser, and 
of Townsend & Ireland. The heirs of John T. Hughes were 
damaged |15.000. 


Congressman— A. A. King, 583; J. H. Birch, 877; E. M. Sam- 
u€d, 94. 

State Senator — John Doniphan (no opposition), 1,157. 

Representatives— H. J. Wolf, 1,002; John Wilson, 881; Briggs, 
611; Brown, 434. 

Sheriff— W. T. Woods, 928; G. W\ Hood, 595. 

Treasurer — R. Mat. Johnston, 1,319. 

Coroner— J. M. Mulk(n-. 7<'.6; L. R. Ringo, 524. 

Assessor — J. A. Stone. 

Attorneys now have to take the iron-clad oath. 

JSfov. 3 — James M. Bell, commissioner, reports 10 inmates in 
the poor-house. 

1862, NOV. 332 JAMES DAVIS. 


James Davis liaving died, Xoah Beerv administered. Oh: 
III. JAMES S., in Oregon. 
IV EMELIXE DAVIS, m'd Allen Goodwin. 
V. HAKRIET DAVIS, m'd James P. Denny, son of Robert and 
brother of Jeif. Denny. James P. died near Edgerton in 
Nov., 1-891. He bore a good name, and possessed influence. 
Children : 

1. Artemesia Denny, b. in 1815; m'd Feb. 24, 1864, Benj. F. 

Clark, b. Feb. 15, 1845, son of Jos. Clark, of Edgerton, 
b. in 1812. Mr. B. F. Clark is a merchant of Edgerton, 
an elder in the Christian Church, and a man of pure 
life and of truth and justice. He came to Edgerton 
in 1882. Ch: [«] Saraetta Clark, b. Feb. 14, 1866; 
[?*] Ida M. Clark, b. May 1, 1868; m'd Aug. 27, 1883, 
A. J. Jennings, son of William ; [c] James P., b. Nov. 
24, 1874; [<■'] John P. Clark. 

2. Sarah Denny, m'd 1st, Robert Lizer, son of Peter; 5 

children; m'd 2d, Richard Harrington. Ch. by Lizer: 
[«] Effie; p] Adelia; [(^] Wilsou Lizer; ['^] Louisa; 
[f] Robert Lizer. Also 4 by Harrington. 

3. Susan Denny, m'd 1st, Henry Edwards, dead. Chi: 

[«] Henrv Edwards. She m'd 2d, Thos. Kennedy. 
Ch: [&] Hattie. 

4. Mary J. Denny, m'd Frank Edwards; 6 children. 

5. F. M. Denny, b. March 9, 1852; m'd Sept. 1, 1874, Annie 

Harsha, dr. of Andrew^ Ch: [«] Ernest Denny; 
[iq Lizzie Denny; [f^] Dallas; [f?] Frank; [f] Fred 

6. James R. Denny, m'd Sept. 5, 1880, Maud E. Porter, dr. 

of Nic. Ch:' [«] Claud; [''] Jessie; [c] Gertie; 
[f'] May Denny. 

7. William S. Denny, m'd Aug. 22, 1880, Luella Jennings, 

dr. of Joseph. 'Ch: [«] Myrtle; [&] Alvis; [c] Clel- 
land; ['H John; [e] William. 

8. George R. Denny, m'd Aug. 23, 1885, Emily Jennings, 

dr. of Joseph. She d. March 14, 1894, leaving: 
[f>] Stella. 

9. Charles Denny, mWKettie^tone. Ch: ["] Perry. 
10. John M. Dennii, m'd 1st, Hannah Ewell, b. in 1870; d. 

May 11, 1890, leaving: [«] Hattie; [&] Kittie. 
-John M. m'd 2d, Rosa Vermillion, dr. of Marcus. 
VT. ARTEMESIA DAVIS, m'd C. C. Robbins, of Kentucky. 


Vor. o — Jej)htha.h Montgomery having died, James S. Owens 
administers. Bond, |6,000. He married December 21. 1841, 
^[iranda Adams, born February 4, 1823, and died March 11, 1895, 
aged 72 years. The.v came to Platte in 1854. Ch: 

1862, NOV. 333 THE WALLERS. 

V. NANCY MONTGOMERY, in'd Nov. 2, 1871, Meritt S. Wilson, 

b. Jan. 21), 1840, son of Mat. B. 

Xor. 2'i — Jiid<i'e Silas Woodson conunenced a Ici'in of circuit 
court that lasted long, and an immense amount of business was 
transacted. Manj^ defendants were in the Southern army, and 
jurisdiction was obtained by attachment or publication. This 
term was held in the Bai>tist church, the county court having 
rented it for the j>urpose. The preceding; term was held in the 
Male Academy, but very little was done, 


Dec. 6 — Gov. 0. F. Jackson died at Little Rock, Arkansas. 


Dec. 9 — Elder Hiram Waller died. He was born in Fauquier 
County, Virginia, June 8, 1802. His father, Lewis Waller, was 
born in the same county June 1, 1772, and died in July, 1842. 
Lewis married Elizabeth ^^^ Woodruff, born October 19, 1775, 
daughter of Owen Woodruff, an emigrant from Scotland. Their 
son, Hiram Waller, married January i:i, 1829, Eliza J. Gaines, 
born October 11, 1813, and died July 10, 1895. daughter of Richard 
H. Gaines, of Fauquier County, Virginia. Hiram and his family 
came west in 1887, and settkni in Clay County, Mo. In 1838 they 
crossed the line into Platte. He was well educated, and kept well 
informed upon the topics of the day. He was an elder in the 
Christian Church, and often led his brethren in their devotions. 
He labored ardently and zealously for the succesis of the Church, 
and all his family have followed him in theiu. religious tenets. 
Few farmers in the countv had wider or better influence. Ch: 
L RICHARD LEWIS AVALLER (i), b. in Fauquier Co., Va., 
Jan. 30, 1830. After receiving an academic education, he 
engaged, in 1855, in the mercantile business at Platte City 
with James E. Frost. When the war broke out, he joined 
Capt. W. P. Chiles' company of the Missouri State Guard, 
and was at the battles of Lexington, Springtield, et al. 
When the State Guard entered the Conftnlerate service, he 
became lieutenant in Col. Elhart's battalion of Sln'lby's 
brigade, and served to the end of the war. In 1872 he was 
elected collector of Platte County, and in 1874 circuit clerk, 
and was nn^lected in 1878. In 1884 he was appointed 
county judge, to fill a vacancy, and at the end of his term 
was elected to the same office. He now lives on his large 
farm, four miles east of Platte City. He owns the old Wal- 
ler homestead, and his two sisters live witlHiim. He never 
married, and yet he possesses intelligenc(\ thrift, and busi- 
ness qualifications. 

1862, DEC. 334 PEYTON MURPHY. 

II. ELBERT OSBORN WALLER, b. Aug. 23, 1831, in Virginia; 
m'd Dec. 2, 1855, Nannie A. Christy (see), b. Jan. 7, 1835. 
Mr. Waller is one of the solid men of the county, and wields 
influence in the Christian Church and the Democratic 
party. He has never offered for office, but his name has 
been frequently suggested for places of honor and profit. 
Mrs. Waller possesses the beauty and amiability of her 
parents. Ch : 

1. Richard L. Waller (ii), m'd Nov. 21, 1891, the lovely 
Lou Tatman, dr. of James, 
in. ELMIRA WALLER, b. Aug. 1, 1833; m'd March 30, 1858, 

Joel W. Moore. (See.) 
IV. FOUNTAIN L. WALLER, b. Oct. 7, 1838, in Platte. He en- 
tered the Southern army, and fought at Lexington and at 
Pea Ridge. He is an intelligent and kind-hearted Chris- 
tian gentleman, and has managed his affairs with discre- 
tion and success. He m'd 1st, Feb. 11, 1875, Minnie John- 
ston, dr. of Stephen. She d. Jan. 30, 1883, leaving: 

1. George Hiram Waller. 2. Le Yerda. 3. Elhert Waller. 
Mr. Waller m'd 2d, April 23, 1890, Orvilla George, dr. of 
Thornton George, of Clinton County. The family live on a 
farm four miles east of Platte City, and there is their 
V. MARY"E. waller, b. Nov. 22, 1850; m'd Dec. 25, 1872, 
Marion P. Collins. (See.) 


Dec. 11 — Peyton Murphy having died, W. H. Kimsey admin- 
istered. Bond, .$6,000. He lived in Preston Township. Ch : 

L ELIZABETH, m'd Dec. 5, 1839, Jonathan Owens. They 

live in Texas. 
VL JOHN C. MURPHY, m'd Feb. 11, 18G2, Lucy F. Jackson. 

Dec. 20 — Eugene Stochr having died, Frank Stochr admin- 
isters. Bond, .f 3,000. 


Jacob Pitts having died, his widow, Hannah Pitts, admin- 
isters. Bond, .f 5,000. He married March 22, 1816, Hannah Burt, 
daughter of John li) and sister of Capt. J. H. Burt. Mrs. Hannah 
Pitts married, second. Jack Doyle; and married, third, C. S. Bruce. 
She is now a widow, living opposite Leavenworth. Her children 
bv hei' first lins])and: 
'l JOSEPH R. PITTS, b. June 2, 18.55; d. Oct. 8, 1892; m'd 
>rattie Pew. Ch: 
1. .]faffir Pitts. 2. Joseph. 

1862, DEC. 335 OFFICERS. 

11. CHARLES H. I'lTTS, b. June 1, 1858; m'd Aug. 2, 1882, Suni<^ 
Oliver, dr. of Leiii. T. ( '^h : 

1. Cliihr. 2. Delia. .'{. Edna. 4. Minnie. 
III. FRANKLIN PITTS, b. July 1(1, 18G2; m'd Feb.24. 181)7, Jeu- 
nie Olvis. (For the Pitts family, see William Pitts.) 



Governor, Ham. R. Gamble; Congressman, A. A. King; 
Senator, John Doniphan; Circuit Judge, Silas Woodson; Cir- 
cuit Attorney, J. P. Grubb; Assessor, Jas. A. Stone, Surveyor, 
vacant; Treasurer, R. Mat. Johnston; Examiner of Teacher's, 
F. G. Gavlord; Representatives, John Wilson and H. J. Wolf; 
Circuit Clerk, Geo. W. Belt; Sheriff, W. T. Woods; Probate 
Judge, S. A. Gilbert; County Judge, Jas. H. Lavton; County 
Clerk, D. P. Lewis; County Attorney, W. B. Smith; I»ublic Ad- 
ministrator, W. M. Paxton; Coroner, .1. M. ^lulkey. 


At Platte City: Attorneys — Baker, Clark, Boyd, Harrington, 
Herndon, Hollingsworth, Merryman «& Paxton, Norton, Smith, 

Physicians — Baldwin, Guthrie, Redman, Wallace. 

Merchants, etc. — Burge, Cochran (postmaster), Jenkins, 
Johnston & Son ; S. Johnston, Richard M. Johnson, Jones, Likins, 
Murrav «& Freeland, Lutes, Young. 

Lodges— No. 50, R. P. Clark, W. M.; Neb. 12, G. L. Moad, N. G. 

Newspaper, Coni^errator, Clark & Bourne, editors. 

At Weston: Attorneys — Burnes, Carroll, Doniphan, Fulton, 
King, Lawson, McCurdy, Wolf. 

Physicians — Beaumont, Bonifant, Boyd (dentist), Shortridge. 

Merchants, etc. — Bell, Belt, Briggs, Conwell & Spencer, Dop- 
pler. Dye. EUifrit, Goldstein, Kaufman, Matheny, Mettier, Mitch- 
ell, Noble, Perrys, Raileys, Rohring, Ringo (postmaster), Roney, 
Walker, Warner. Wood, 

Newspaper — Platte County Sentinel, A. F. Cox, editor. 

Mayor — W. F. Yocom. 

Court of Common Pleas — McCurdy, judge; Hood, marshal; 
Heriot. clerk. 

At Camden Point: Hale (postmaster), Gaylord (president). 

At Farley: Johnson, ;Mason, Meads, Smith, Swain. 

At Parkrille: Bueneman (postmaster), Campbell, McDonald, 
Ringo, Summers, Wilson. 

1863, JAN. 336 THE SITUATION. 

At Xeic Market: Armstrong, Bishop, Cartwriglit, Tufts, 

AtRidgely: Gustin, Sayle. 



Jan. 1 — The year 1863 was shadowed by clouds without a 
shaft of sunshine. The bloodj^ banner of internecine strife 
waved angrily over the land. Every available soldier had gone 
to the front, or was skulking in Northern States. At home we 
were disarmed, and left a prey to marauding outlaws. Prowling 
murderers, by day, dressed in Federal uniform and bearing 
forged military orders, searched houses, barns, and stables for 
arms; and at night returned as "Bed-legs" to rob and hang the 
people. The militia were active in suppressing "bushwhackers," 
but gave themselves no concern about thieves and murderers. I 
administered on three persons who were murdered by "Red-legs." 
In September the "Pawpaws" were organized by Col. James H. 
Moss. No "Red-legs" thenceforth troubled us. For a time we 
had peace and security. But Calhoun Thornton commenced re- 
cruiting for the South, corrupted the militia, and "bushwhackers'' 
became as dangerous as the "Red-legs" had been. The sequel 
will show the disastrous end of Thornton's work. Courts did 
little or nothing. Hog cholera prevailed, but the season was 


President Lincoln issued his second proclamation liberating 
slaves in all parts of the United States in open rebellion. The 
State of Missouri was not included, but in a. short time the four- 
teenth amendment to the Federal Constitution was ratified, and 
it put an end to slavery throughout the Union. 

The first snow of the winter fell to-day. 

Prof. F. G. Gaylord takes the Camden Point Academy, 

Ebenezer N, O. Clough and Wm. McN. Clough remove from 
Parkville to Leavenworth. 


Jan. 2 — Thomas J. Wilson having died at Parkville, Chas. S. 
Wilson administers. Bond, $6,000. Thomas J. was a business 
man. ;ind a ]>artner of C. P. Summers in the mercantile line. His 
widow was Eliza. Ch: 

L ADELINE WILSON, m'd Thomas E. Mills. 

IL THOMAS J. WILSON (ii), m'd March 10. 1863, Elizabeth 

Faubion. After she died, he m'd Tillie J. Wysong. 

III. W. W. WILSON, was a business man of high standing in 

Parkville. His urbane manners and cordial address were 

the outgoings of a kind heart. After marriage, he went to 

1863, JAN. 337 THE VINEYARDS. 

Kansas City, and enjiajrcd in tlie real estate and loan busi- 
ness with success. 1 bad niudi correspondence with him, 
and can testify to his strict integrity. He d. Noy. 25, 1888. 
[V. L. BKUCE ^^'lLSON. 
V. CHAKLES P. WILSON, m'd Fannie Campbell, dr. of Rev. 
W. C. Campbell, who had charge of this circuit in 1878-80. 
Mr. Wilson is traveling for several mercantile houses. Oh: 
1. Fred Wilson. 2. Logan. 


Jan. 7 — Jesse Vineyard having died, Mary S. Vineyard, his 
widow, administered. Bond, |20.000. Three of the Vinej-ards 
came to Platte, and settled on Pleasant Ridge. Their intelli- 
gence, wealth, and enterprise gave them a high position in civil 
and religious life. 

I. JESSE VINEYARD, m'd Mary S. Owens, dr. of Nathaniel 
Owens, and a half-sister of the celebrated Sam Owens, of 
Independence. Her sister Nancy married John W. Vine- 
3'ard, and her sister Ella M. Owens married A. G. Williams. 
(See.) Mrs. Jesse Vineyard spent her later years in Wes- 
ton, where she died July 4, 1877. Ch: 

1. John V. Tinei/ard, m'd Dec. 13. 1866, Emma Pence, dr. 

of Lewis. ^Sept. 30, 1872. he killed himself, taking 

2. Benj. R. Tiiici/at'd. m'd Emma Hogan. He is a success- 

ful attorney at Kansas City. 

3. ilarjf Catherine (Kate) Tineyard, m'd Sept, 28, 1877. H. 

Clay Cunningham, b. in Kentucky Jan. 20, 1818, a 
son of Judge William E. Cunningham and Sarah 
Owens. They live on the old Vineyard estate, be- 
tween Platte City and Weston, and are engaged in 
rearing blooded stock. They have no children, but 
have adopted Miss Bettie Thorp, a lovelv girl. 
n. JOHN W. VINEYARD, m'd Nancy Owens, sister of the wife 

of his brother Jesse. Thev had children, but all are gone. 
IIL PRICE W. VINEYARD, was a man of finished education, 

and built up Pleasant Ridge College, which afterwards 

continued under the presidency of Aller, Himrod. Bruner, 

and others, and was finally burned down. 

Jan. 10 — Col. James A. Price, now at Weston, requires Clark 
»& Bourne, editors of the Conservator, to give bond in the sum of 
S3. 000, for their loyalty. The paper changes its tone, and compli- 
ments Col. Price in equivocal terms. 

Jan. .?/ — Cdl. Jas. A. Price passed from Weston to Parkville. 
airesting 2.'3 disloyal men, requiring bonds of them, and seized 
guns and ammunition secreted in the houses of George Roberts 
and others. 

Feh. 1 — The^Iissouri Riyer is frozen over, and many slaves 

1863, FEB. 338 SHELBY DANIEL. 

secure freedom by crossing on the ice and enlisting in the Federal 


FeJ). 9 — Shelby Daniel having died, Cynthia, his widow, ad- 
ministers. Bond, |6,000. He came from Kentucky in 1854, and 
settled four miles west of Platte City, He married in Kentucky, 
Cynthia A, Gordon, died in September, 1886, She was an aunt 
of Si, Cordon, and suffered severely during the war. Mr. Daniei 
was a social gentleman, and highly respected. Ch: 

L Wn^LIAM E. DANIEL, b. in April, 18.34; m'd in Kentucky 
July 23, 1853, Allie J. Wright, dr. of Meredith, b. June 22, 
1837. Ch: 

1, Cynthia Daniel, b. March 14, 1857; m'd March 22, 1876, 

Chas. Marshall, Ch: [«] Edward H,; [^] Jesse B.; 
[c] Lewis ; [<^] Connie Marshall, 

2, Mamie B. Daniel, b. Feb. 27, 1859; m'd Dec, 18, 1877. 

Hiram McComas. Ch; [«] Claude McComas, b, 
Nov, 29, 1880, 

3, Armilda Daniel b. Sept, 7, 1862; m'd March 1, 1882, 

Luther M, Rinehart, Ch: [«] Myrtle. 

4, Fannie Daniel, b, Oct. 8, 1864; m'd Nov. 26, 1884, John 

W, Moore (see) ; 4 children. 

5, Willie Daniel b, Feb, 22, 1864, 

William E, married second, January 1, 1889, Senie Fox 
IL JAMES H, DANIEL, b, in Kentucky Dec, 7, 1835; m'd May 

10, 1866, Missouri Ann Flannery, (See,) 
in. RANDALL G. (BOSS) DANIEL, m'd March 22, 1866. Sue E, 

Coons (see), dr, of -Joseph. 
]V, ARMILDA J. DANIEL, m'd Almanza Hon, a worthy Chris- 
tian and higlilv honored citizen. Ch: 

1, ^'^helby. 

2, Quinci/ Hon. m'd Nov, 13, 1878, Elizabeth Kimsey, 

dr. of W. H, 

3, 7»e^ Hon. 4. Lee Hon. 

Y. MARY L, DANIEL, m'd Edwin O, Wren. He d. in Feb,, 
1872. Ch : 

L Lillie Wren, m'd Oct. 13, 1890, Davis Ramey. of Ken- 

tnckv. Ch: [«J Edwin O. Ramev (ii). 
2. ^ranf E.. m'd Oct, 13, 1890, Richard Oldham, Ch: 
["] Olive :\r. Oldham. 


Feh. 10 — William T. Darnall died at his home, three miles 
southeast of Platte City, He was a son of Daniel Darnell and 
Nancy Turpin. and was born November 25, 1800, He married, 
in Kentuckv. Phcebe Tatmnn. boi-n in 1813 and died Julv 13. 1858, 

1863, FEB. 339 THOMAS SMITH. 

a sister of \\'illiaiu Tutuiau. lu the fall of 185;i W. T. Dai-uall, 
with his bi'olher, Milton, and his brother-in-law, William Tatman, 
the Elgius, and others, eanie to IMatte. He purehased a splendid 
farm, and was rapidly rising in wealth and intliience, when his 
wife died. After a few years, he followed. Jle was a large and 
handsome man, of commanding presence and sound judgment. 

I. THOMAS KYLAXD DARNALL, m'd July 14, 1863, Jane H. 
Miller, b. Feb. 25, 1842, dr. or Capt. W. J. Miller. (See.) 
He is in Colorado ,and she in Platte City. He is a constant 
reader, and well informed in philoso])hy and science, in- 
teresting in conversation, and social in his habits. Ch: 

1. Morse Daniall, b. Ai)ril 23, 18G4. 

2. Floi/ Daniall, was lovely, and even fascinating, in her 

prime of womanhood; b. Jan. 10, 18(>7; m'd June 10, 

1890, Rev. Claude Kelly, who was b. in Ohio in 1867, 

graduated at William Jewell College, entered the 

Baptist ministry, was remarkably successful in 

building up the Baptist Church at Leavenworth, and 

has established an honored name among his people. 

n. JAMES T. DARNALL. b. in Kentucky Jan. 16, 1830; m'd, 

about 1857, Anna Simmons, sister to the wife of Dr. J. H. 

Stringfellow. Thev live in Independence, Mo. ; no children. 

HI. LEE M. DARNALL, m'd March 18, 1875, Nannie Hon, dr. of 

Isaac. Ch : 

1. Frank. 2. William I. 3. Herminia Daniall. 
IV. AB. B. DARNALL, b. Jan. 23, 1846; m'd Nov. 15, 1868, Fannie 
Sisk, dr. of Robert. Ch: 
1. William, b. Feb. 19, 1872. 


Feh. IJf — Thomas Smith having died near Farley, Capt. Pres. 
Simpson administered. Bond, $20,000. He was born about 1798; 
married in 1820, Mary ^Manning, born February 28, 1803; died 
January 15, 1892, leaving 3 living children, 59 grandchildren, and 
122 great-grandchildren. Mr. Smith was a merchant in Farley, 
and left a large landed estate, which was partitioned among his 
descendants. He was an urbane and well-educated gentleman. 

L JOSEPH SINIITH, d. in central IVFissouri, leaving children: 
1. Mani E.Hunt. 2. Hnirictta i^tcphnis. 
IL WILLIAM S]\riTH. m'd Eli/.alx'th Tucker (both dead); 
children all dead. 
HL THOMAS X. S^NHTII. b. Jan. 15. 18.34: d. Oct. 8. 1895; m'd 1st, 
in 1858, Mary Pitts, dr. of Sam. Ch: 

1. Jamea &mith. 2. Slerilda J„ m'd Watson ^AMnn. 
Thomas N. m'd 2d. Jane Narramore. Ch : 

3. Lairrrnoe L. S^mith. 4. Jane. 5. Thontas T. 
6. William V. 7. Frrfir R. 

1863, FEB. 340 THE SMITHS. 

IV. EMALINE SMITH, m'd Capt. Pres. Simpson, d. in Sept., 1870. 
Children : 

1. Letitia L. Simpson, m'd Capt. Thorning, of Weston. 

2. Berry K. Simpson, m'd a Kinneman. 

3. Elsie A. Simpson, m'd April 20, 1872, Dr. Alonzo T. 

Holt. (See.) 

4. Jmie Simpson, m'd Jan. 19, 1876, David A. Sloan, b. 

April 6, 1853. Ch: [«] William; [&] Annie; 
[c] Berry; [d] Stella. 

5. Serilda Simpson, m'd Wm. Winn. 

6. Yictoria Simpson, m'd April 13, 1887, Ed. T. Stephens. 
Capt. Simpson possessed superior intelligence and good 

business qualifications. He was a merchant in Farley, 
and was a partner of Swain & Mason, in their Platte City 
store. He raised Company B, 81st Regiment, Enrolled 
Missouri Militia, and did much home service. He was 
genial in his disposition, and was beloved and trusted. He 
was a faithful elder in the Baptist Church, and sometimes 
V. SARAH SMITH, b. in 1828; m'd Enoch Porter. (See.) 
YI. MARY (POLLY) SMITH, m'd Feb. 26, 1857. David R. Denton. 
Children : 

1. Laura Denton, m'd Feb. 10, 1886, John R. Deal. 

2. Sarah E. Denton, m'd May 8, 1881, Homer Cresap, b. 

Aug. 15, 1851. He was a. successful teacher, but 
now has retired to a farm. Ch: [«] Edgar P. 
Cresap; [&] Joseph O. Cresap; [c] Mabel; [<^] Robt. 
D. [c] Xina. 

4. Kate Denton, m'd Sept. 8, 1888, Frank D. Downing; 3 


5. Lizzie Denton, m'd Julv 3, 1881, Francis Luther Har- 

rington. Ch: [«] Mattie; [?*] Gaylord; [c] Walter; 

[^] Lizzie. 

YIL ALSYE SMITH, b. Nov. 30, 1831 ; d. Oct. 27, 1879 ; m'd March 

7, 1855, Zachariah Mills, b. Nov. 2, 1832. in Tennessee. His 

father, Henry Mills, was b. Feb. 14. 1805; d. Feb. 4, 1875. 

His mother was Martha Smith, b. Jan. 30, 1808. Ch: 

1. WilUam D. Mills, b. Mav 16, 1855; m'd Susan Babcock. 


2. Franl- N. Mills, b. April 17, 1858; m'd in Oct., 1891, in 


3. David M. MUls, b. Aug. 18. 1860; m'd in 1878. Julia 


4. Henri/ T. Mills, b. in 1868; m'd in 1890, a Beard. 

5. John C. Mills, b. in 1871. 6. Maroella, b. Dec. 19, 1873. 
Mr. Z. Mills m'd 2d. April 9, 1882, Olivia Waller, dr. of 

William and sister of Elder Byram Waller. She is a lady 
of superior intelligence and accomplishments. Mr. Mills 
is a solid farmer, residing eight miles southeast of Platte 
Citv, and is hicrhlv esteemed for his truth and virtue. He 

1863, FEB. 341 W. G. BERRY. 

was iu the ^lissouri State Guard five mouths, uuderGen. 
Price, and served in soutlieru' Missouri and in Arkansas. 
He is a Knight Templar and delights in Masonr.v. 
yilL MAIIY ELLEN .SMITH, m"d March 11, 18(J0. Howard Mills, 
the only brother of Zachariah Mills, just noticed. He 
was b. Jan. 5, 18M5; d. Feb. 25, 1871. Ch: 

1. Charles B. Mills, m'd Martha Cole, dr. of John R. 

2. David J. Mills, m'd a Cannon. 

3. Ida A. Mills, m'd March 4, 1885, Wm. T. Minnear, son 

of Garret. 
IX. NAXCY SMITH, m'd Jasper Kimsey, son of Berry. He 
died, and she m'd 2d, Elijah Powell. He died and she 

m'd 3d, Gibson, and went to Texas. 

X. SERILDA SMITH, m'd Oct. 20, 1867, Elijah Whitton, b. Oct. 
22, 1836 ; she was his second wife. Ch : 

1. Edward, m'd a dr. of Jos. Mulkey. 2. Robert Whitton. 
Mr. E. Whitton m'd 1st, Mary Fauker, who died, leaving: 
3. Ursula W]iitto)i. 


Feb. 16 — William G. Berry having died, D. B. McMillan ad- 
ministered. Bond, 116,000. Mr. Berry was a social and intelli- 
gent farmer. He was a brother of Capt. James H. Berry. The 
two came from Madison County, Ky., and settled on the head- 
waters of Second Creek. I cannot learn the maiden name of Wil- 
liam's wife. He had no son. His daughters were remarkably 
lovely. Ch : 

L SARAH W. BERRY, dead. 
IL SUSAXXA BERRY', b. in 1833; m'd in 1853, John T. Arnold, 
a farmer near Barry. Ch: 

1. Elizabeth, m'd Ben Spicer. 

2. Charles, m'd ^Minnie Higby. 

3. Waller W., m'd Annie Jackson. 

4. Ma(/(/ie, m'd William Frazier. 5. Dora. 

Ul. MARY E.'iiERRY, m'd Hon. Erastus Smith, son of Y'ankee 
Smith, of Smitliville. and now a distinguished lawyer and 
politician of Kansas City. 
IV. JULIA AXX BERRY, m'd Wilson Everett, and died, leaving: 
1. Marf/aref L. Everett. 2. William H. 
3. James C. Everett. 
V. :\rARCTARET A. BERRY, m'd Wm. M. Couch. (See.) 


Feb. 2.'f — Peter Klamni linving dicnl. his widow. Afargaret, 
administers. Bond, $r).()0(). Ch: 

I. MARY' CATH. KLAM:\L b. in 18.10. IL SFSAX. b. in 1852. 
HL PHILIP, b. in 1854. IV. JOHX KLAM^[, b. in 1856. 

1863, MARCH. 342 A. G. SMITH. 


March 1 — Judge Birch is gathering evidence to contest the 
election of Judge King to Congress. 

J, M. Basset, of St. Joseph, provost marshal of this district, 
writes to Col. Jas. A. Price, of Weston, to give protection to the 
people of Platte against thieves and murderers. 

March 10 — William Morin, son of Jesse Morin, is dangerously, 
but not fatally, shot while assisting his father, a deputy sheriff 
under W. T, Woods, to arrest a man named Basom. 

March 11 — Col. James H. Moss, of Liberty, in reply to the 
request of J. E. Merryman for protection while a justice is holding 
court at Barry, writes : ''I will send some of my men to Barry to 
act as a guard during the trial, and I will furnish arms to citizens 
to aid in enforcing the laws. There will be no rescue at Barry." 

March 16 — Ben. Bowlin having died, his widow, Nancy, ad- 
ministers. Bond, 1700. 

March 11 — A military draft, threatened, causes much alarm. 
Robbers loot the store of Tufts & Miller, at New Market. Col. 
E. N. O. Clough, from Leavenworth, with a military guard, passes 
through Platte City on his way to Liberty, to procure the dis- 
charge of certain prisoners. On his return. Deputy Sheriff 
Morin tries to arrest him for crime. 

March 21 — An extant Conservator contains Judge Norton's 
speech on the Conscription Bill in Congress. 

March 22 — Capt. W. T. Carrington and his company of 
militia are stationed at Platte City. They occupy the Presby- 
terian church as quarters. 

March 28 — Guerrillas, at Sibley Landing, capture the steamer 
Sam Gaty, confiscate the goods aboard, and shoot two of Col. 
Penick's men. Dan Carpenter, of Barry, was a loser of goods. 


April 1 — W. F. Yocom is elected'mayor of Weston, and D. R. 
Anthony of Leavenworth. 

April // — Col. James A. Price, having been tried by a military 
commission on charges preferred, is honorably acquitted. 

Ajiril l.'i — John McDaniel having died, Wm. Boydston ad- 
ministers. Bond, fl,400. His widow was Elizabeth, and his 
child : 1, Nancy Jane McDonald, m'd Dan'l G. Lutes. (See.) 


April J6— Sarah, first wife of A. G. Smith, died. Mr. Smith 
was born June 17, 1820, and died December 30, 1894. He was a 
son of James Smith and Mary E. Burke, of Nelson County, Va. 


Mr. A. (J. Smith settled at latan, in 1854, aiul was engaged in 
farming, milling, and merchandising, at that place and vicinity, 
to the day of his death, and was postmaster at latan from 1861. 
He was possessed of superior mind, and justice, virtue, and honor 
were his characteristics. He was extensively known, revered, 
and trusted. He married first, in Virginia. March 10, 1841, 
Sarah Hill. She died, as stated, April IG, 1863, leaving children; 
I. CAROLINE SMITH, m'd 1). F. Risk. (See.) 
II. JAMES A. SMITH, was for many years the partner of his 
father in his various enterprises, and since his death ia 
postmaster, and is carrying on the work at latan. He m'd 
1st, a Brown, who died childless. He m'd 2d, a Calvert, 
who bore him: 
1. A. G.Smith (ii). 

He m'd 3d, Margaret Hord, dr. of Anderson Hord. 
Mr. A. G. Smith married second, October 22, 1863, Mrs. 
Melissa Dixon, who had: 
ni. SARAH L. SMITH, m'd Crittenden Winburn. 



Collected |5,376.54 

Warrants drawn 2,911.79 

Surplus 12,464.75 

County levy, 32 cents; poll, $1.00. 

Expenditures in Detail. 

Roads I 2.00 

Poor 420.00 

Rent of Baptist church 109.00 

Jail 19.00 

Stationerv 473.00 

Wood.. .' 31.00 

Criminal costs 74.00 

County Justice (Layton) 130.00 

Countv Clerk (Lewis) 578.00 

Sheriit' (Hood) 521.00 

Circuit Clerk 130.00 

County Attorney (Smith) 100.00 

Treasurer (Johnston) 200.00 

Printing (Clark & Bourne) 21.00 

Sundry purposes 103.70 

Total .12,911.70 

Maif 1 — ^Nothing ])aid assi^ssor. Coni-ts were idle. No busi- 
ness of a civil nature transacted. A military tax of .f30 on each 
disloyal person, and 1 per cent on his assessment, was levied, and. 

1863, MAY. 344 J. M. CANNON. 

in many cases, paid; but little of it ever accounted for. The re- 
sult of the war is still uncertain. Gold is worth |1.60. 

Mai/ 3 — The battle of Ohaneellorsville. 


May 7 — John M. Cannon died. He was born about 1830; m'd 
August 2, 1848, Susan Tomlin, born January 31, 1831, and died 
April 13, 1892. She was a daughter of James and Lucy C. Tom- 
lin. Ch: 

II. LUCY CANNON, m'd in 1875, Alonzo Estes, b. Oct. 15, 1854; 
d. Sept. 27, 1893. 


Mai/ 16 — The Conservator defends Judge Layton against the 
charge of disloyalty brought by A. F. Cox, of the Weston Sentinel. 
It announces the pardon of Jas. N. Burnes, convicted of treason. 
It describes Judge Birch's efforts at Fort Leavenworth to reclaim 
certain runaway slaves, and the neglect and contempt shown him 
by the militarj' officers. It contains the notice of Capt. Chas. G. 
Peacock, commander of exemptions at Weston, commanding all 
to report for dut}', under the penalty of |30 poll tax, and 1 per 
cent on assessment. It states that pretended Federal soldiers 
ransacked the house of the widow Permelia Morgan, and then 
went to the house of the widow Daniel, shot Miss Lucinda Wymer 
and Mr. G. McCaffrey, leaving them, as they supposed, dead; and. 
after burning the house, went to the house of Mrs. Gordon, and 
robbed it of all they fancied. The Conservator records the story 
that Lycurgus Shepard had been taken up in Leavenworth as a 
vagrant, and ordered to be sold, but he was permitted to redeem 
himself, by paying |26.40. W. H. Ewing was treated in like 


May 21 — James Garvin having died, his widow, Susanna, 
qualifies as executrix. Bond, |3,600. They lived in Fancy Bot- 
tom. Ch: 


The will of James refers to other children, but does not name 
them. The widow, Susanna, married December 31, 1865, Ed. C. 
Olilhausen; she was his second wife; no children. 


May 23 — Joseph Minor having died, A. M. Sharp administers. 
Bond, $2,400. Ch : 

IV. CATIIKHTNE. wifo of William Caldwell. Y. T. C. MINOR, 
A"L LTiriXDA JANE, wife of A. M. Sharp. 



June 1 — William Walker having died, his widow, Luvicy, 
administered. Bund, .f4.000. They lived south of Platte City. 

I. MARTHA ^^'ALK^:K. m'd Wm. Rector; both dead. 
IL WILEY WALKEK, ui'd 1st, Ellen Kern. V\\: 
1. Lizzie. 2. >^iis(ni. 

He m'd 2d, Aug. 12, 1S75, P^mnia L. Crosby; .5 children. 
IIL LUCIXDA WALKEK, m'd James Alexander, son of Samuel. 
Children : 

1. ISatnurl Alexander [i). 2. Walker. ?>. Meynroe. 
4. John. 5. Wiley. 0. Tal. 7. Leslie. 
IV. LOUISA WALKER, m'd Geo. Oliver; no children. 

V. MARY ANN WALKER, m'd Allen Button. 
VL WILLIAM \YALKER (ii), b. July 30, 1850; m'd Aug. 13. 1876. 
M. J. Bowman. Cli: 

1. Oscar Walker. 2. Gussie. 


June IJf — Elder Aug. H. F. Payne died by the hand of an 
assassin. He often peached in Platte City to the Christian 
Church, and was greatly beloved. We will give his lineage: 

L EDWARD PAYNE, of Virginia. His son, 
n. WILLIAM PAYNE, born near Lexington, Ky., :March 21, 
1775; married Millie Harrison, He was a minister of the Baptist 
Church, and was known as ''Parson Payne.'' He removed to 
Mason County, Ky., where, in my childhood, I often visited his 
familv. His son, 

IIL AUGUSTUS H. F. PAYNE, was born in Mason Co., Ky., 
April 4, 1807. He married May 20, 1825, Mary Morris, born De- 
cember 25, 1805, daughter of Jose])h and Nancy Morris. He was 
ordained an elder at Mayslick, and after preaching in Kentucky, 
came, in 1830, to Clay, and thence to Clinton, where he was killed. 
His Southern blood was the excuse for liis murder. Children of 
A. H. F. Pavne: 

L JOS. H. PAYNE, b. March 13, 1835. 
XL ANNIE PAYNE, b. Dec. 11, 1834. She is now the wife of 
Hon. William Bland, of Clinton Countv. 
in. M. LUELLA PAYNE, b. March 20, 1830; d. in Kansas City, 
Mo.. Nov. 27. 1802. Slie was a laborious diMconess among 
the Christian churches of western Missouri. For fourteen 
years she w^as secretary of the Christian Woman's Board 
of Missions, and her earnestness in the Master's cause 
called forth the commendations of God's people. With 
pen, as well as tongue, she led in every Christian enterprise. 
Wh(Mi her father was murdered, she i>TU)lished an exi)Osure 
of the crime. 


IV. MARY E, PAYNE, b. May 30, 1841. 
V. JOHN W. PAYNE, b. Oct. 17, 1844. 
VI. VIRGINIA W. PAYNE, b. Oct. 5, 1846; m'd Lendas Duval, of 

Richmond, Mo. I have lately been in correspondence with 

Mrs. Duval. Her letters show a noble Ohrfstian woman. 

She and her sisters were educated at Prof. H. B. Todd's 

Academy, in Platte City. 


July 3 — The final battle of Gettysburg and the surrender of 


Charles Hamilton, of New Market, having died, I. P. Cart- 
wright administered. Bond, |8,000, His widow was Sarah, born 
in Mav, 1820, living. Oh : 

Vn. ANN E. HAMILTON, b. in Scott County, Ky.; m'd Nov. 25, 

1862, Isaac Pinkston Cartwright. (See.) 
VIIL CHAS. F. HAMILTON, m'd in 1897, Lon Brown. 

July 12 — Col. John Morgan's raid into Indiana and Ohio. 

July 19 — Martial law declared in Leavenworth by Gen. 


Aug. 21 — The sack of Lawrence by Quantrell. It is said 150 
persons were killed. 

Aug. 25 — Gen. Ewing issues his famous Order No. 11. 

Aug 26 — The indignation in Kansas over the Quantrell raid is 
intense, and we are charged as accessory to the crimes com- 
mitted. The "Red-leg" dogs-of-murder are turned loose. The 
border is infested with prowling thieves and assassins. The 
alarm in Platte is universal. We inquire every morning into the 
outrages committed the previous night. On one occasion a large 
force was orginzed at Leavenworth to come over and burn Platte 
City, but the military authorities at Fort Leavenworth interfered. 
It had been reported that Platte City had indorsed Quantrell. 


Aug. 31 — John Bryant having died, his widow, Mary, admin- 
istered. Bond, |1,200. He was born in Fauquier County, Va., 
in 1700. and died in Platte August 8, 1863; he removed to Pennsyl- 
vania, where, in 1812, he married Sarah McCalister, who was born 
in 1795, daughter of James McCalister, a wealthy Scotchman. 

1863, AUG. 347 THE BRYANTS. 

Mr, Bryant removed to Ohio in 1827, to Illinois in 1835, and to 
Platte in 1837. lie made the first settlement in the prairie west 
of Todd's Creek. He erected a public house for the entertain 
ment of travelers, at the junction of the roads from Barry and 
from Liberty on the direct route to Martinsville. He was a son 
of ^\'illiam Bryant, an emiy,rant fi'om Ireland, and of Sarah 
McGill, daughter of John, of Virginia. John Brj^ant's second 
wife was Mary, the divorced wife of Samuel C. Bowers, and her 
father was Michael Dougherty. Both of Mr. Bryant's wives were 
women of remarkable intelligence, vivacity, and beauty. Mr. 
Bryant was a man of large experience and general information. 
He was a blacksmith by trade, and kept a shop at his home. He 
was an agreeable gentleman and an entertaining conversation 
alist. He possessed moderate wealth; but, being one of the 
sureties on the sheritl's bond of W. H. Spratt, he was broken up. 
Children by his first wife: 

I. MARY ANN BRYANT, m'd Judge Geo. Bennett, of Ohio; 
XL CARO. BRYANT, m'd a Kelsey, of Ohio; living. 
III. ^VM. K. P.RYANT, b. in 1820. in Bennsylvania ; came with his 
father to Platte in 1837; was in Government employment at 
Council Bluffs for several j'ears. He went with Gen. Dor- 
riss, in 1850, to California, in command of a train of wagons 
laden with merchandise. From 1850 to 1859 he was the 
head of the mercantile firm of Bryant, Waller & Co., of 
Platte City. In 1850, and again in 1858, he was elected 
sheriff of Platte, but was deposed by the Ousting Ordi- 
nance, He then went to Mississippi and engaged in buying 
and selling cotton; but in 1800 he died, as was supposed, 
by poison, administered by assassins, to secure his money. 
Little or nothing was recovered from his estate. Mr. 
Bryant was a perfect gentleman in his manners, and true 
and honorable in his deportment. His kind heart and 
genial temperament made him exceedingly popular. He 
never married. 
I V. ELIZA BRYANT, a level v woman, b. Mav 15, 1827; m'd Mav 
11, 1817, Wm. A. White, b. Sept. 7, 1825, in Estill Co., Ky"; 
d. in Kansas City Jan. 23, 1895. His father was Joel 
White, b. in Virginia in 1789, and came to Platte in 1843. 
His mother was Elizabeth Stites, b. in 1799. In 1879 Mr. 
White removed to Kansas Citv, where he died in 1895. Ch : 

1. Mary J. White, b. April 4, 1848; d. Jan. 30, 1894; m'd 

Oct. 18, 1800, Robert P. Tribble, b. Sept. 10. 1845. 
They went to Kansas City, and thence to Chicago, 
where Mrs. Tribble died. Ch : [«] William Tribble ; 
[b] Th(Huas; ['] Robert; [(J] Bessie. 

2. Laura White, b. Feb. 20, 1850; m'd Dec. 4, 1800, Thos. 

D. Tribble, b. Dec. 8, 1847; d. :Mav 13, 1890. Ch: 
[«] Andrew Tribble(ii); [&] Bertie. " 

1863, SEPT. 348 JOS. KURTZ. 

3. Ella White, b. Feb. 24, 1852; m'd June 9, 1874, Ware S. 

Carey, b. Feb. 1, 1842. Oh: [«] Ethel; [&] Kate. 
A party of "Red-legs" robbed the house of W. J. Norris, near 


Sept. 1 — Gen. S.R.Curtis is in comniand at Fort Leavenworth. 

Sept. 5 — The Argus went south, and was occasionally printed 
in camp, by the Wiseleys. There has been no paper in Weston, 
except the Sentinel. Harry Hutchinson resumes the publication 
of the Atlas, at Platte City. It is a small 5-column paper, and its 
tone is discreet — yet it is Democratic in politics, and leans to the 

Howell Jenkins opens a drug sto^re in Platte City. 

Sept. 7 — A public meeting at the court-house denounces 
Quantrell and secession. 


Joseph Kurtz, Sr., was born January 24, 1813, in Wurtem- 
berg, Germany, and died in Weston December 19, 189G. He was 
a son of Carl Kurtz, born January 28, 1774, and of Marie Kessler, 
born December 6, 1778, dr. of Joseph. Jos. Kurtz, Sr., married 
April 27, 1841, in Germany, Victoria Grace Noll, born December 
21, 1819, and died July 9, 1889. He was a cooper by trade, and 
came to America in 1847, landing at New Orleans. In 1848 he 
came to Weston. Ch : 
I. GEBHART, b. in 1842 ; single; was a Federal soldier through- 
out the war, lost an arm in the service, and was in many 
noted battles. After his return, he kept a bookstore in 
Weston, but is now at Kansas Gitj. 
II. CHARLES B. KURTZ, b. in 1844, is a handsome, intelligent 
and chivalrous gentleman, fond of music and the society 
of ladies. He was postmaster at Platte City for a number 
of years. He now resides in Kansas City, engaged in the 
real estate business. 
IIL ANDREW KURTZ, b. Nov. 28, 1846; m'd March 3, 1874, 
Mattie A. Howard, d. in July, 1895, dr. of Dr. J. B. Howard, 
late of St. Joseph. He is proprietor of the Kansas City 
Carriage and Wagon Works. Ch : 

1. Leighon Kurtz, b. Dec. 18, 1875. 

2. Marie, b. April 8, 1878. 8. Paul M., b. May 26, 1885. 

4. Louise, b. Jan. 31, 1892. 

I \'. JOSEPH :\r. KURTZ, m'd May 18, 1880, Jennie Clemings. dr. 

of G. F. Thev live in Garrison, Kansas. 
V. ROSA KT^RTZ,'^m'd Wm. Alders. Yl. LOUISA KURTZ. 
VIL MARY KI'RTZ, is a sister in the convent of St. Louis. 
The family, except Andrew, are Catholics. 

1863, SKPT. 349 THE PAWPAWS. 

Sept. 13 — Gen. Ewinj; nrrests D. R. Anthony, mayoi' of 

Sept. 18 — Touey TinsU\v, havin-i' shown undue intfi-est in be- 
half of the South, was hung- by Federal soldiers near Barry. 

Sept. 19 — The great battle of Chiekamauga commences. 


Sept. 24— Col Jas. H. :Moss, of the 48th Enrolled Missouri 
Militia, by authority of the governor, proceeds to organize the 
81st and 82d Enrolled Missouri Militia. The former, under Col. 
Scott, and the latter, under Col. ^Nloss, are known as the "Paw- 
paws." John Doniphan was lieutenant-colonel of the 82d, and 
J. M. Clark was major. The several captains were as follows: 
Companv "A," R. D. Johnson; Company "B," Isaac Simpson; 
Company "C," L. A. Ford; Company "D," W. T. Woods; Com- 
pany *'E?' Thos. J. Wilson; Company "F," R. H. By waters; Com- 
pany "G," Aaron F. Osborn; Company "H," C. B. Hodges; Com 
pany ''I," John S. Thomason; Company "K," Geo. S. Story; 
Company "L," R. P. Clark; Company "M," Pres. Simpson. 


Thieves and murderers were organized at Farley and Leaven- 
worth, and excursions in Platte were made about three nights in 
the week. No arms nor ammunition were allowed the people. 
The law was powerless and the military were disincliued to give 
protection. In our extremity, it was thought advisable to in- 
gratiate the authorities at Leavenworth. We supposed that they 
could stop the predatory bands organized on the west bank of the 
Missouri. Accordingly, G. W. Belt got up a petition, or invita- 
tion, to Mayor Anthony and other Union men of Leavenworth, to 
visit us, that they might form a personal acquaintance with us, 
and see our defenceless situation. They would learn our peaceful 
disposition, and put a stop to marauding bands. The invitation 
was signed by some fifty leading citizens. The 2Gth day of Sep- 
tember was the date fixed for the visit, and the Christian church 
was thrown open for their reception. 

Sept. 26 — The day was auspicious. The country people came 
to town in crowds. Our invited guests were expected at 10 a. m. 
G. W. Belt, R. D. Johnson, and I were selected to meet and wel- 
come them. About 10 o'clock a company was seen approaching. 
Johnson and Belt could not ]>rocure horses, and T went alone. 
The company proved to be 10 men of Capt. Burt's militia. We 
rode through tow n and dismounted. 


A little later Col. Moss, with Capt. Thoniason's company of 
militia, arrived from Lib(M-ty. This was wholly unexpected. 


They had brought arms and ammunition with them, and pro- 
ceeded to enlist a new company for the 82d Keglment, Missouri 
State Militia. They made their headquarters opposite the Vir- 
ginia Hotel, now the Central, The arms were at the east end of 
town, and there a company of men was hastily formed. 


In the meantime our guests arrived, and stopped at the 
Virginia, as had been arranged. Many of Col. J. A. Price's old 
soldiers were there, with Colonels Anthony and Clough. They 
were indignant at their recei)tion, and had they been armed, 
trouble would have ensued. As it was, they contented them- 
selves with cursing Col. Moss. A messenger was sent to the new 
recruits, at the east end of town, to join Col. Moss, opposite the 
Virginia Hotel, and the recruits marched down Main Street to the 
quarters of Col. Moss. Here they remained for the day. This 
parade incensed our guests the more, and an unsuccessful effort 
was made to get a military force from Leavenworth to drive off 
the intruders. But Moss showed his authority from the governor, 
and assured them he would not interfere with their proposed 


All preparations had been made to hold the meeting at the 
Christian church, and accordingly about 400 attended, as in 
duty bound, to hear the speakers invited for the occasion. Col. 
Anthony spoke of the evils of slavery, and advocated emancipa- 
tion. It was kind in spirit, but the words of Colonels Burnes. 
Clough, and McCahon were full of gall. Col. Burnes had just 
been pardoned by the President for treason, of which he was con- 
victed, and gratefully spoke to his new friends. The day passed 
off" quietly, but much ill feeling was engendered. The new 
militia were said to be disloyal men, who had been hiding among 
the "pawpaws," and hence their name. 


On the night of that memorable 26th of September a com- 
pany of cut-throats met at the house of Jacob Fulcher, and hung 
him until he was unconscious. After robbing his house, they 
went to the house of John Rapp, robbed him, and hung him on a 
loaning tree. They then went to Tip Green's, and. after robbing 
his house, brought him to Rapp's, and hung him beside the dead 
body of Rapp. Two days later I was ordered, as public adminis- 
trator, to take cliarge of Rapp's estate. The only valuable 1 
found in his house was a twenty-dollar bill of Confederate money, 
lying on the floor. It was said that the possession of this money 
Avas the excuse for hanging him. T did not inventory the |20. 



This toiupauy was organized and equipped, and continued in 
active service until July 10, 18G4, wlien one-half of them went 
over to Calhoun Thornton and followed him into the Confederate 
service. Yet, under their protection, we slept safely for ten 
months. Throughout the following winter and spring the emis- 
saries of the South mingled freely with the men, and in some mea- 
sure controlled the counsels of the officers. 


I was a member of this company. The rolls show that we 
were on duty 101 days. We were called out occasionally to guard 
Platte City. Thompson's company was in Clay, the others in 
Platte. But Johnston's company was the only one that was con- 
stantly on duty. 

Major J. M. Clark, who yet lives in Clay, is a good man, and 
was a true officer. If Lieutenant-Calouel John Doniphan did any- 
thing, nobody knew it. 


i^ept. 27 — We have already seen the grim work of ^'Red-legs" 
on the night of the 26th, when Rapp and Green were hung. The 
next night they appeared in the vicinity of Hampton. They hung 
^Y. L. Brightwell into insensibility, to make him reveal where his 
money was hidden, robbed his house, went to L. Shepard's home, 
robbed it, and proceeded to Martin Baldwin's. After robbing 
him, they went to John Timberlake's. Here they were overtaken 
by Sergeants May and Park, with a squad of scouts sent out by 
Capt. Johnston, from Platte City, who fired on them and dispersed 
them so precipitately that they left their booty, including a num- 
ber of horses. The Atlas of October .5th says: "Ten horses were 
brought into Platte City, the most of which have been proved and 
taken. Two of Fitzgerald's old comjtany of militia came forward 
and proved their horses. Scouts have been sent out every night 
since, yet nothing further has been heard of Mayhawkers.' They 
have left to seek safety in Leavenworth." 


Sept. 28 — James Reese having died July 1, ISC'*., his widow, 
Nancy, n6e Reed, administered. Bond, |(j,obo. The widow died 
May 12, 187.3. Their onl}^ sui'viving child is : 

L ANN E. REESE, who m'd 1st, William Moore. He died, 

1. William Moore. 2. F. P. Moore. ?,. TF. J. D. Moore. 

Mrs. Moore m'd 2d, Aug. 12, 1809. Thos. A. Throckmor- 
ton. He died, leaving: 

4. Annie Throckmorton, m'd March 21, 1801, Sam'l M. Mil- 

ler (ii), who d. in 189.5. 

5. Clias. /?.. m'd Aug. 28, 1882, Laura Dean. 

1863, SEPT. 352 TIP GREEN. 

Mr. T. A. Tlirockmorton's first wife, whom he married Feb- 
ruary 13, 1860, was Mad. R. Redman. 


He was hung, as stated, September 26, 1863. Ch: 1, John; 
2, William; 3, Mary, m'd Jas. Cannon; 4, Nicholas R.; 5, Martin 
B. ; 6, Stonewall T. Green. Tip was a nephew of Elisha Green. 


Sept. 30 — Col. Moss, by E. H. Norton, acting adjutant, gives 
notice to "all able-bodied male citizens of Platte over 18 years and 
under 45," to report their names for enrollment to Maj. John M. 
Clark, at Platte Citj^, Mo., on or before the 7th dav of October, 



Oct. 1 — The Radicals are intensely indignant at the reign of 
the "Pawpaws" in Platte, and charge them with disloyalty. Col. 
Moss, in a letter to Lieutenant-Governor Hall, defends them, and 
vouches for their fidelity to the Union cause. The Sentinel and 
the Atlas commend the new^ militia. The thieves of Leavenworth 
are disappointed, and submit with a growl. Their loyalty aside, 
there cau be no doubt the "Pawpaws" saved Platte County from 
thieves and murderers, who would soon have depopulated it. 
Hundreds of families had left, and many more were preparing to 
go. Many went to the Southern Army for safety. 

Oct. 5 — Col. Jennison spoke in Weston, and was followed by 
Col. J. N. Burnes, in a speech so radical that Jennison discarded it. 


Oct. 30 — The "Pawpaws" have possession of the county, and 
the "Jayhawkers" and "Red-legs" find their occupation gone. 
Stephen Johnston (ii), John Zarn, Perry Keith, and Fred Krause 
resume business, and Howell Jenkins adds a dry goods depart- 
ment to his drug store. 

The Atlas advertises 25 sheriff sales. 


Xov. 1 — This was an off year, yet a full Supreme Court was 
elected. It was the first voting done by ballot in Missouri. The 
Radicals secured their first victory, by the election of Bates, Bay, 
and Dryden to the supremo bench. State elections henceforth 
are held in Novembei*. 

]Vof. .) — Jesse AVilliamson having died. C. Widener admin- 

1863, NOV. 353 JOHN HUGHEvS. 

Nor. /.}— Ilcury Vennemeu liaviii;j; died below Weston, A. 
Tribblc administers. He married July 20, 1854, Charlotte 
Yocom. (tSee.j 

Xov. IJf — Ijieonidas Oldham having died in the Sonth, his 
widow, Mary E. OUlliam. administered. Bond, |10,000. I be- 
lieve Mr, Oldham had no relatives in the county, except a. sister, 
Mrs. W. S. Hughes. He married Mary E. Hughes, daughter of 


Who was born in Maryland July 18, 1780, and died in Kentucky 
September 7, 1817; married, September 18, 1809, Sallie Williams, 
born November 8, 1791, and died in Platte in 1851. After her 
husband's death, Mrs. Sallie Hughes brought her family to How- 
ard County, Mo., and thence came to Platte, in 1837, They settled 
five miles north of Platte Citv, Cli : 
I. WILLIAM SWAN HUGHES, b. in Jessamine County, Ky., 
Nov. 18, 1810. He m'd Matilda Oldham. Ch: 

1. George Hughes, lives in Jackson County. 

2. Robert, lives in Bates County. He m'd a Pemberton, 

and their daughter, Ola Hughes, m'd R. E. Williams. 

IL ALFRED W. HUGHES, b. Aug. 8, 1812; m'd Mary Wallace. 
He d. January 11, 1875. They had no children, but raised 
Miss Mollie Nash. 
in. ZERELDA V. HUGHES, b. July 31, 1814; d. July 13, 1875; 
m'd Aug. 18, 1831, Jesse Morin, b. Nov. 21, 1808, in Bourbon 
County, Ky. ; d. in Platte City Aug. 30, 1884. He was a son 
of John Morin and Sarah Fishback. of Culpeper County, Va. 
Maj. Jesse IVIorin was a man of native intellect and supe- 
rior education. Essentially military in his nature, he was 
stern and imperative. He was born to command and lead. 
After residing for some years in Howard County, he came 
with a large colony to Platte, in 1837, and settled on the 
quai-ter-section lying east of that on which Martinsville 
was situated, and now the home farm of Judge Norton. 
This he sold, and then bought a farm near Settle. After 
the war, he came to Platte City. He was our first repre- 
sentative, elected when Platte was attached to Clay. He 
became the first circuit clerk, upon the organization of the 
county, in 1839; and was elected for a second term. He 
was register of the land office at Fort Scott ; was a straight- 
out Democrat and hostile to all opponents. He raised a 
company for the ^lexican War. and became major of Col. 
A. W. Doniphan's r<'giment. His personal courage and 
moral firmness gave him power and influence. He was not 
an orator, but his argunn'nts were pointed, and his words 
were generally obeyed. He had many enemies, whom he 
allowed no (piarter. He opposed secession until war was 
inevitable. Gov. Jackson appointed him a brigadier gen- 

1863, DEC. 354 HUGHES FAMII^Y. 

eral. He at first accepted the office, but, on due reflection, 
declined it. In 1862 he was deputy sheriff under W. T, 
Woods, and did all the business east of Platte River. Mrs. 
Morin was a mild and complacent woman, the very op- 
posite of her husband in disposition. Ch : 

1. Martha Sican 2Iorin, b. July 2, 1839; m'd Xov. 11, 1865, 

Thomas Moran, b, Aug. 30, 1868, in Madison County, 
Ky., sou of James B. Moran and Matilda Moore. He 
graduated at Center College, Kentucky, in 1859, came 
to Missouri in 1863, settled in 1867 near Ridgley, sold 
out and came to Platte City, and thence went to 
southern Missouri, where he died Jan. 16, 1896. Ch : 
["] William Lee Moran. b. Aug. 25, 1866; [^] Jesse 
Moran, b. Oct. 2, 1868; [f] Matilda, b. Feb. 12, 1872. 

2. Matilda Morin, b. Jan. 11, 1844; d. Mav 22, 1877; m'd 

Mav 30, 1853, Nic. R. Green. (See.) 

3. John Morin, b. March 16, 1843; m'd Oct. 15, 1878, Maud 

Bayne, b. Oct. 25, 1857. John is genial, generous, 
and gallant. He held several minor offices in Platte 
Citv. The family live in Kansas, but have not for- 
gotten us. Ch: [«] Zerelda Sue, b. Nov. 23, 1883; 
[&] Mary Morin, b. Feb. 23, 1889. 

4. WiUiam Morin, b. Julv 7, 1845; m'd Dec. 3, 1879, Anna 

Duncan, b. Oct 26, 1856, dr. of Col. John S. Duncan, 

late of Camden Point. William is a farmer, and 

lives at the Duncan mansion, near Camden Point. 

Social, intelligent, and amiable, he is much esteemed. 

Ch: [«] Yallie Morin, b. Feb. 23, 1883 ; [&] John D., 

b. Nov. 25, 1888; [c] Joseph M., b. Jan. 3, 1891. 

IV. MARY E. HUGHES, b. Oct. 18, 1816; d. in Colorado March 8, 

1885; m'd Leonidas Oldham. He was a man of sprightli- 

ness and business qualifications. He joined his fortunes 

to the South, and died in the army. Ch : 

1. Belle Oldham, m'd Joseph Macey, a. son of Dr. William 

M. Macey. (See.) Joe was in the irregular service 
of the Confederacy, and his adventures would read 
like fiction. He went to Colorado, where he now 

2.>A/»r 0/r7//r//», m'd McVey. 3. John. 4. William. 

5. Moses Oldham. 

6. Zerelda, m'd Wm. E. Sydener, son of John A. 
There is none of the Oldham family left in Platte. 


Dec. 8 — President Lincoln offers, by proclamation, amnesty 
to all who will take the oath of allegiance. 

Dec. 10 — Sixty negroes recruited for the Federal army, at 
Liberty, go to the front. 

Dee. 31— \ blizzard. 

1864, JAN. 355 OFFICERS. 



(.Jovcriujr, 11. (Jambk' died Jainiai-y olst, and W. 1'. llall suc- 
ceeded liiin; Congi-essmau, Austin A. King; State Senator, John 
Doniplum ; Circuit Judge, William Heren; Circuit Attorney, J. I*. 
Grubb; Sheriff, W. T. Woods; Assessor, James A. Stone; Public 
Administrator, W. M. I'axton; Kepresentatives, J, Wilson and 
H. J. Wolf; Circuit Clerk, C. W. Belt; Probate Judge, S. A. Gil- 
bert; County Judge, J. 11. Laytou; County Clerk, D, P. Lewis; 
Treasurer, K. ^lat. Johnston; Surveyor, L. E. Bradley; Coroner, 
J. M. Mulkej. 


At Platte City: Attorneys — Baker, Boyd, Clark, Harrington, 
Herndon, Hollings worth, Norton, Paxton, Spratt, Wilson, W^ood- 
so-n, Merryman, Sayle. 

Physicians — Baldwin, Guthrie, Moad, Redman. 

Merchants, etc, — Burge, Jenkins, S. Johnston, R. D, Johnson 
& Son; Prof. Jones, P. Keith (postmaster), Likins, Lutes, Mason 
& Swain, Murray & Freeland, Mulkey, Young, Zarn & Oswald. 

Preachers — S. W. Cope, G. L. Moad, W. H. Thomas. 

Newspapers — Conservator, Clarke & Bourne editors; Atlas, 
Hutchinson editor. 

Lodge— Neb. 12, J. Beery, N. G. 

At Weston: Attorneys — Burnes, Carroll, Doniphan, Fulton, 
King, Lawson, McCurdy, Beller, Heriot, Wolf. 

Phj'siciaus — Beaumont, Bonifant, Boyd, Shortridge. 

Merchants, etc. — Bell, Briggs, Calvert (hotel), Carpenter, 
Conwell & Spencer, Deckelman, Deitz, Doppler, Ellifrit, Gerner 
& Frank, Hall, Kaufman, Keller & Ellis, Matheny, Mettier, Mitch- 
ell, Nobl(N Oliphant, Ogden, Perrys, Raileys, Rlioring, Ringo (post- 
master), Roney, Schindler, Steubcnbraugh, Walker, Warner, Win- 
zer, Yocom. 

Court of Common Pleas — Wolf, judge; Mitchell, clerk; 
Roney, marshal. 

Lodges — Odd Fellows, No. .30, Geo. Weber, N. G.; Frontier 
Encampment, No. 2, Price, C. P. 

Bank, ]\Iechanics', J. M. Railey cashier. 

High School — B. W. Vineyard principal. 

Pleasant Ridge Academy — Aller principal. 

Preacher — W. M. Kain (Presbyterian). 

Newspaper — Sentinel, A. F. Cox editor. 

Population estimated at 2, .500. 

At Canute)! Point: Hale (postmaster), Gaylord (academy). 

At ParkriUe: Buen(nuaii (postmaster), Campbell, McDonald, 

1864, JAN. 356 . D. BRUTON. 

Markets — Corn, 40 cents; flour, per sack, |4.00; hemp, |100; 
lard, 9 cents; wheat, |1.25. 


Jan. 1 — Temperature 23° below zero. Missouri frozen over. 
Clear and still. 

Nortbcut Jones having died, D. Fleming administers. Bond, 


Jan. Ji — David Bruton (i) having died, his widow, Mary E. 
Bruton, administered. Bond, |10,000. They resided west of 
Barry. Ch: 

I. ADDINGTON BRUTON, went to Kansas. Ch : 

1. David A. Bruton, m'd Rachel J. . He d. in Oct., 

1871, leaving: [«] Dorinda; ['^] Tonadda. 

2. Quails Bruton. 3. Leander A. 

4. Jas. A. Bruton, d. in Jan., 1868. 5. John Bruton. 
II. DAVID BRUTON (ii). Children: 

1. SJierrod Bruton. 2. W. J. Bruton. 

3. Addington Bruton (ii), m'd Sept. 18, 1856, Lucinda 


4. James Bruton. 5. Rosmmali. 6. Rebecca Bruton. 


Jan. 18 — Judge Henry B. Mayo having died, his son, H. J. 
Mayo, administered. Bond, |10,000. He lived near Ridgely. 
He came, about 1841, from Kentucky. He was an enthusiastic 
Methodist, and a pillar of the church at Ridgely. He was a noble 
specimen of a generous, kind-hearted Southern gentleman. In 
August, 1844, he was elected county judge, and served a term, 
with Lewis and Freeland as his associates. His children were 
well educated and highly esteemed. He married Margaret 
McGuire. Ch : 

I. LOUISA MAYO, m'd Jeremiah V. Cockrell. (See.) 
n. HENRY JEFF. MAYO, m'd 1st, Jan. 3, 1850, Mary E. Shack- 
elford, who died, and he m'd Sept. 20, 1854, Ruth J. Phelps, 
who survived him, and m'd 2d, .Vmos Carpenter. Mr. Mayo 
was a man of good education and, in some respects, remark- 
able brilliance. He wrote and published some excellent 
poems. But he was addicted to the cup. Yet he threw 
his whole soul into the cause of temperance, and labored 
faithfully for the Good Templars. He went west and 
died, leaving: 

1. 7? /V7( a/Y^ JUr///r^ 111 "(1 Laura Mason. (See.) 
TIL GEO. W. MAYO, i>. in Prestonsburg. Kv., March 2, 1818; d. 
in Platte City Jan. 22, 188:^,; m'd 1st, :\rarch 8, 1838, Mattie 
A. Smith, b. iPeb. 21, 1821 ; d. Mav 1, 1843, in Prestonsburg; 

1864, JAN. 357 THE MAYOS. 

and lie m'd '2d, Xov. 5, 184"), Cai'rie May, b. Jan. 18, 1827 
(living). He was a man of intelligence and amiability, but 
lacking in energy. He acted as justice of the peace in 
I'latte City for a number of years, and was highly esteemed. 

1. (h'onjia Ann iJai/o, h. Oct. 9, 1849; d. Nov. 16, 1879; 
m"d 1st, April 1, 1805, Arche Shackelford. He died, 
leaving: ["] May W. C. Shackelford, b. April 7, 
180(5. Mrs. Shackelford m'd 2d, Nov. 26, 1874, Wm. 
Fleshman, Ch: ['>] Ethel Fleshman, now a lovely 
wonmn, b. Nov. 26, 1875; m'd Sept. 6, 1891, S. P. Mad- 
dox; [<?] Georgia Fleshman, b. Oct. 9, 1877; [^] Geo. 
W. Fleshman, b. Nov. 5, 1879. I knew Mrs. Georgia 
A. Fleshman well, and dedicated a poem to her mem- 
ory, from which I copy a stanza: 

Ah! here, you say, was snatched away 

A mother sorely needed: 
Her children's cries, you think, will rise, 

And tears will fall unheeded: 
But winds are mild that fan the child 

Bereft of loving mother; 
And orphans find the world as kind 

To them as any other. 

lY. MRS. BAKER, died leaving only: 
1. Henrij M. Balder, of Kansas. 
\'. JACKSON J. MAYO, went west, and died. He m'd Rebecca 
McComas. Ch: 

1. Theresa Mayo, m'd Ant. Palmer. 

2. Susan Mayo, m'd Oct. 15, 1857, James Price Haydon, 

of Jackson County, Mo. 

3. Sophronia Mayo, m'd ^Ma.rch 1, 1860, E. P. Lutes. She 

died, leaving: [«] Rebecca; [''] Lizzie; both m'd 
Hollo ways. 

4. Henry J. Mayo ni). 

5. Monroe Mayo, whose son, James Mavo, m'd Aug. 2. 

1889, Addie Young. 
VL EMELINE MAYO, m'd ^V. H. Davis. Ch: 

1. Sarah M. Davis, m'd Charles Rilev, and died. Ch: 

[«] Julia Riley, m'd W. McMillan'; [''] Maud Rilev; 
[c] Anna Riley. 

2. Cornelius Davis. 3. Jiilianna Davis. 
4. Henry B. Davis. 

Moses Langiey robbed by a gang of prowling thieves 
The Missouri River is hard frozen, and loaded wagons cross 
in safety. Trespassers from Leavenworth cross into Platte, and 
take wood with impunity — the owners being afraid to interfere. 

Jan. 25 — John Oliver was accidentally shot and seriously 
wounded bv Neelv Lutes. 

1864, JAN. 358 PARKAS SUIT. 

Jan. 28 — A. F. Cox, of the Weston Senthwl, buys of Reming- 
ton «& Cockrell the press and type of the Atlas and removes to 
Platte City, where the Sentinel is issued. In the next number of 
the Atlas, Harry Hutchinson delivers his valeditcory. 

Jan. 31 — Governor Gamble dies, and is succeeded by 
lieutenant-governor W. P. Hall. 



Feh. 2 — The following notice, served on Jos. E. Merryman, 
will explain a matter of history: 

"Joseph E. Merryman: In the Geo. S. Park matter, we wish to 
know if you hold yourself responsible to us for Mr. Shepard's and 
Mr. Swanej^'s parts of the comiDromise money which we have paid. 
If so. we think your note, or some written acknowledgment, with 
interest, is due us, after deducting our part of your fee. If not, 
then we expect you to proceed, forthwith, to collect the same, in- 
eluding their part of j'our fee, and, by no means, to allow the 
approaching term of court to pass without action. 

(vSigned) "Jesse Miller. 
"W. J. Miller. 
"Joseph Walker:' 
Feb. 6 — The Missouri River ice breaks up. 


Feb. 10 — Lucretia Gordon having died. And. Tribble admin- 
isters. Bond, |S00. She was the widow of William Gordon. 
(See.) Thev lived two miles west of Platte City. Ch: 

I. ELIZA A. GORDON, m'd Oct. 8, 1840, John Alexander. Ch: 

1. Dudlei/ F. Alexander, lived west of Platte City. He 

m'd Oct. 26, 1869, Mary Alice Russell. He d. in 
April, 1887, and his widow died 18 months later. 
Ch: [«] Perry Alexander; [^>] Golden Alexander; 
[c] Mary. 

2. John Alexander (ii), d. in Oct., 1880; m'd Dec. 10, 1876, 

Jennie Stewart (see), dr. of Thomas. She was b. in 
1853. After her first husband's death, she m'd 2d, 
in 1885, William King, and went to Kansas. 
II. CYNTHIA A. GORDON, m'd Shelbv Daniel. (See.) 
HI. LUCRETIA GORDON, m'd 1st, April 4. 1844. Frank P,. Mar- 
tin. (See.) They went to Oregon, where Mr. Martin died, 
and she m'd 2d, J. W. Cowls, president of the Bank of 
McMinnville. She is dead. 
IV. MARY JANE GORDON, m'd a Wills. 

V. RACHEL GORDON, m'd Dr. Jos. M. Holt. (See.) 
\'L RANDALT> M. GORDON. His personal ]>ro])erty was confis- 
cated earlv in the war, and he removed to Kentucky. 

1864, FEB. 359 "BORDER TIMES." 

VIT. SIl.AS OOlvDON, was the notorious giieri-illa who brought 
upon us so nuu-li ti-ouble in the war. His acts of daring 
made him a terror to Federal soldiers, and every scheme 
to capture him failed. He now lives in Texas. 

The steamer Magers is making regular trips between Kansas 
City and W'oston, laden chietly with railroad iron. 
Abundant rain. 


Feb. 13 — The first number appears at fl.SO. It is edited by a 
committee of Union men, and published by Harry Howard. It 
advocates union, liberty, and equality, opposes secession and 
rebellion, sustains the war for the Union, and approves of the 
emancipation of slaves. A. G. Beller is the active and responsible 
editor, and, by his courage and independence in sustaining the 
cause of fre(^dom, displayed marked ability. While Mr. Beller 
conscientiously believed in the negro's equality with the white 
man under the law, he recognized their disparity in society; while 
he insisted upon the prosecution of the war for the Union, he 
deprecated extreme measures and condemned inhumanity. 


Judge McCurdv having been compelled to take this property 
at 112,000, for debtj now offers it at |3,500. 

Feh. IS — Judge H. J. Wolf returns from Jefferson City to 
W(^ston, to hold a term of the court of common pleas. 

Feh. 20 — Big fire in Leavenworth. 

Feb. 23 — The Legislature calls a Constitutional Convention. 

Feb. 29 — A large public sale of W. T. Darnall's personal 
property by his administrator. 


Mareli 1 — Heretofore our data has been collected from many 
sources; but now I have full tiles of the Border Times, and many 
numbers of the Sentinel, but the latter in a few months is 
burned out. 

March 3 — A. F. Cox issues the first number of the Platte 
County Sentinel at Platte City. It contains 03 sheriff sales. 

March Jf — William C. Wells leaves New^ Market, and makes 
his permanent home at Platte City. 

March 7 — A military order is issued, requiring every member 
of an ecclesiastical convention, or any one particijtating in such a 
convention, to take a prescribed oath of allegiance. Some min- 
isters declared that they could not, in conscience, take such an 
oath, and in many places much trouble followed. 


Alexander MeAlexander haying died, F. M. McAlexander 
administered. Bond, |1,600. 

March 8 — The county court (Layton) refuses to issue the re- 
maining bonds subscribed to the Parkville & G. R. Railroad 

March 21 — General Guitar and Colonels Williams and Jacob- 
son, of General Rosecrans' staff, pass through Platte City. 

The store of F, M. Tufts and F. L, Miller having been robbed, 
as was charged, by bushwhackers, the loss was taxed on the 
disloyal farmers residing near New Market, and J. L. Dodson, 
J. B. Dean, G. W. Anderson, I. T. Lewis, and Rufus Maget were 
required to pay the damage. 


March 22 — It is becoming daily more evident that emissaries 
from the South are recruiting in Platte County, and that the 
"Pawpaws'' are disloyal. Small bands of bushwhackers mani- 
fest themselves at one place to-day and at another to-morrow. 
They operate where they are known, and some offense against 
Union men compromises them, so that they have to enlist in the 
Southern army for safety. The "Pawpaws" generally fell into 
the snare, and when danger threatened, they had to go south. 
Thornton was the active spirit in tempting the youth of our 


Early in March Capt. Lewis A. Ford, commanding at Park- 
ville, sent a squad of soldiers into the Winston neighborhood, and 
Capt. Samuel Winston was arrested. He was an officer of the 
Southern army, and was placed under a $25,000 bond for his good 
conduct. Inquiry and search were made, without avail, for his 
brother. Col. John H. Winston, and it was given out that he was 
not in the county; but in truth Ool. Winston was at home, under 
orders from Gen. S. Price, toi recruit a regiment from north- 
western Missouri. His policy was to foment discontent in the 
militia, and to get them to manifest disloyalty, so that they would 
have to find safety by going South. Col. Winston, fearing arrest 
and the summary justice dealt out to spies, dressed in the uniform 
of a Confederate colonel. 

On the 22d of March a. squad of United States troops passed 
through Platte City, going east, and in an hour returned with 
Col. Winston as their prisoner. They had found him at his home, 
in his uniform, covered by a. bed. He was confined in military 
prisons until the close of the war. His brother Samuel shared 
Ills fate. They were in constant apprehension of death, until the 
return of peace. 



April 1 — A. G. Beller elected mayor of Weston, James 
McDowell mayor of Leavenworth, and Ool. Penick mayor of St. 

ApvU 2 — D. P. Lewis, county clerk, advertises for bids to re- 
build the coiirt-house and the jail. 

W. S. Forman, appointed to enlist colored troops, announces 
that they are allowed pOO bounty. 

April 7 — Presbytery of the Cumberland Church meets at 

April 8 — General C. B. Fisl^ removes his headquarters from 
Macon to St. Joseph. 

April IJf — Bushwhackers attempted to make a raid upon 
Parkville, but Capt. Luthy held them at bay. 

Leavenworth wagons still cross and take back wood; but Si. 
Gordon appears, and takes from John Jordan his wagon and team. 
There was no more stealing. 

April 16 — The business part of Plattsburg is burned. Loss, 
1100,000. i ( 

J. B. V. McCall having died, Clint. Tillerv administers. Bond, 


April 23 — A writer in the Border Times advocates the re- 
moval, and Beller, the editor, comes out strongly in favor of it. 
The time is propitious: the court-house and jail have been 
burned, Platte City is in ashes, and, from disloyalty, is almost 
deserted. This is the beginning of a long controversy. 



May i— Tax Books 18G4: Land, |2,.358,585; monev, etc., 
1508,2.59; [)ersonal propertv, $385,088; town lots, |275,395'; total, 

State tax assessed, |L3,G30; military tax, |11.740; couutv 
tax, 119,979; total, 145,349. 

Levy, State, 32 cents ; county, 48 cents. 

The annual exhibit for 18G4 is not now of file, nor of record. 

Judge S. 1*. S. McCurdy is appointed a territorial judge for 
LTtah, and goes west. 

Mai/ 10 — ]\[aj. J. W. Hardesty started with a train of 42 
wagons, laden with merchandise, valued at -f 200, 000, expecting to 
arrive in California by July 15th. The average cost of his horses 
and mules was $250. 


Ben. HoUida}- is figuring largely in various enterprises, by 
which he acquires great wealth. 

SlaverT is not entirely extinct. It dies slowly. 
The Soitincl has three pages of sheriff sales. 
Kobert H. Drennon having died, his widow, Eddie, admin- 
isters. Bond. |4,000. Oh : 

I. MAEY E. DRENKON, went to Texas, and married there 
James Munn. Ch: 

1. William Munn, lives in Topeka, 
n. JOHN DRENNON, went to Texas, and married there. 
HI. MAROARET C. DRENNON, m'd John A. Liggon, of Kansas. 
IV. SARAH F. DRENNON, m'd James W. Williams. (See.) 

V. ALEX. M. DRENNON, single. 
VI. FLORENCE DRENNON, m'd Feb. 2.5, 1886, Samuel Hudson, 

of Clav. 
VH. ELLA P. DRENNON. m'd S. W. Witt; 10 children. 
VIH. ROBERT E. DRENNON, m'd June 11, 1889, Ettie Witt. 
Children : 
1. Charles. 

May 20 — Coal in working quantities and qualities discovered 
on John Harris' farm. 

Maif 25 — The State Radical Convention nominated — for 
governor, Thos. Fletcher; for lieutenant-governor, Geo. Smith; 
and for secretarj- of State, Francis Rodman. 

Map 27 — Thomas Hale's store at Camden Point robbed. 

The Border Times, A, G. Beller editor, gives alarm that Con- 
federates are among us, stating, that Union men have been shot 
from the brush; that Judge Heren, on account of the distracted 
state of the county, had adjourned the May term of court; that the 
Sentinel is not to be trusted; and warns A. F. Cox to be careful 
and notice the disloyalty of the "Pawpaws." Beller proceeds to 
raise a company of 90 men for the protection of Weston. 

A company of soldiers from abroad surprised a party of Con- 
federates at the house of Maj. James Bradley, three miles north of 
Platte Citv, and killed Geo, Fielding, John Thomas, and Isaac 

" ^ JUNE. 

June 1 — Bushwhackers attack Capt. Snyder's company, near 
Arnoldsville, and kill several men. They then attack New Mar- 
ket, and the soldiers surrender and deliver up their arms. N. P. 
Ogden's store is looted. Capt. W. T Woods' company left Weston 
for New Market, but accomplished nothing 

June 6 — The estates of J. H. McHolland and A. J. Moore are 
ordered into the charge of W. M. Paxton, public administrator. 

Lemuel Hudson's liovsp is burned by an incendiary. 

1864, JUNE. 363 WM. JACK. 


June 8 — Capt William Jack died at IMatte City. He was 
boru ]\Iai-(li l!l, 1778, in TeiiiK'ssoo; inanied, in 1801, Esther 
Harris, boi-n September 5, 1780, and died in LSO^i. Tliey were 
living in Kentucky when agitated by the great revival out of 
which the Cumberland I'resbyterian Church grew, and he became 
one of the founders of that denomination. They came west about 
1820, and settled at Lexington Landing, where Capt. Jack kept a 
ferry for many j'ears. In 1837 the family removed to Platte, and, 
after a few years, settled at Platte City. They were a father and 
mother in Israel, and enjoyed the esteem and veneration of all 
men. I knew him only in his hoary age, when his whole soul was 
absorbed in holy contemplations. I procured for him a large- 
print Testament, and every pleasant day, with the sacred volume 
under his arm, he would totter to the Presbyterian church, and. 
at a south window, spend an hour in reading, contemplation, and 
prayer. Ch : 

L PATSEY JACK, b. April 19, 1802; m'd July 4, 1821, Joseph 
IL L. CULBERSON (CUB) JACK, b. in Tennessee Mav 10, 1805; 
d. in Platte Citv March .30, 1861; m'd Oct. 2, 1828, Stacy 
Owen (see), dr. of Wilson. She d. Feb. 3, 1800. Mr. Jack 
was a genial, hospitable, and agreeable gentleman. His 
mirth and good humor made him a. pleasant companion. 
He was one of the few I have met who could be merry with- 
out hurting anybody's feelings. He had charge of the 
water-mills at Platte City in 1850-3. Ch: 

1. Amelia Jock, a handsome and accomplished ladv, was 

b. April 8, 1831; d. in California Dec. 5, 1892; m'd 
March 8, 1853, Addison Purge, b. Feb. 20, 1824, killed 
in the street of Platte City Feb. 2, 1872, by a dagger 
driven to his heart by Dr. F. M. Johnson, who 
claimed that Purge had offiM'ed some indignity to his 
wife. Mr. Purge was a man of superior intelligence. 
He kept a drug store in Platte City many years ; was 
elected a representative in November, 1868, over 
Manoah Miles, from the eastern district of Platte 
County, by a. vote of 302 to 278; but he had much 
trouble to get his seat in the Radical Legislature. 

2. Flora A. Jock. b. April 8, 1831; m'd 1st. Oct. 30, 1850, 

Judge James P. ^Martin (see). She m'd 2d, July 23, 
1867, Geo. R. Hines, a banker of Leavenworth. She 
was a lovely woman, and much admired for personal 
and mental charms ^Ir. Hines is an intelligent 
gentleman, but failed in banking. Ch: ["] George 
R. Hines, Jr. 

3. Lovenia Jock {Ycnc). b. March 16, 1833; m'd June 7, 

1864 (second wife). Eardley O. Sayle, b. Feb. 24, 1832, 
son of Dr. C. W. Savle and Lucinda M. Adams. Mr. 

1864, JUNE. 364 THE JACKS. 

8ayle m'd 1st, May 4, 1854, Catherine Brown, who 
died, leaving: [«] Lavenia Sayle, b. April 15, 1855; 
m'd Jan. 5, 1882, Thomas Hudson, of St. Joseph. 
Mr. Sayle studied law and was admitted to the bar 
March 14, 1860, but practiced only a few years; was 
cashier of the St. Joseph National Bank, and is now 
cashier of the G-rant Cit}" Bank, Worth County, Mo. 
He is brilliant in conversation, reliable in business, 
and one of the best bankers of the day; but his gen- 
erous and indulgent nature does not allow him to 
accumulate a fortune. By his second wife he has- 
[b] Flora Ella Savle, who was b. April 8, 1866, and 
m'd Oct. 10, 1889, John F. Robertson. 

4. Sarah {Dump) Jack (twin with Lavenia), was b. March 

16, 18.3.3; d. April 28, 1871, from the effects of an 
operation for tumor; m'd Jan. 9, 1866 (third wife). 
Geo. W. Belt (see), b. in Fleming Co., Ky., came to 
Weston about 1844; m'd 1st, July 9, 1848, Mary E. 
Colman. (See.) His third wife, Mrs. Frances Loan 
(n^e Ferrel), widow of James Loan, he married Jan- 
uary 21, 1872; and his fourth wife, Louisa H. North- 
rup, he married in Kansas City January 16, 1889. 
Mr. Belt looks like a patriarch, with a commanding 
person, long, flowing beard, benign countenance, 
and pleasant address. He delights in Masonry, and 
the Platte City commandery was named for him. 
He was engaged in the mercantile business first with 
Murphy, and then with Colman, at Weston. He was 
mayor of the city in 1861-2. In March. 1862. he was 
appointed circuit clerk, in the place of Remington, 
ousted. In November, 1864, he was elected to the 
same office, over D. W. Moore, by a ^ote of 1,029 
against 301. In 1866 he was elected county treas- 
urer, over C. M. Boyd, by a vote of 798 to 630. In 
November, 1868, he was chosen sheriff, over G. W. 
Hood, by a vote of 808 to 491 ; and in November, 1870, 
he was reelected sheriff by 1,394 votes, against 764 
for T. F. Warner, and 510 for F. M. McCormick. Sub- 
sequently, he removed to St. Joseph, and held several 
city offices. Thence he went to Kansas City, and is 
now a citizen of Texas. Children bv Sarah Jack: 
["] Lavenia Belt. b. Nov. 25, 1866;' [^] Sarah, b. 
March 9, 1868; [^] Frank, b. Nov. 16. 1870. 

5. Mosehii 1\. (Hi-r) Jark. b. Dec. 5, 1835. He has not mar- 

ried, but sui»ported his mother while she lived and 
his unmarri(Hl sister, in Kansas. He is a man of in- 
telligence and unblemished reputation. 

6. Martha E. (Tinf) Jack. b. Aug. 19. 1841, is handsome 

and accomplished. Teaching has been her employ- 

1864, JUNE. 365 THE JACKS. 

ment, and she is regarded as a prutiiieut iu her 

in. ALFKED JACK, b. Oct. 15, 1807, in Tennessee; d. in Platte 
Oct. 12, 1888; ni'd May 13, 18:50, Emeline Stapp, b. Dee. 28, 
1812, dr. of Judge John Stapp, of Lafayette Co., Mo. Mr. 
Jack was a man of sterling integrity, and was an industri- 
ous farmer. Like the other members of the famil\', he was 
a zealous Cumberland Presbyterian. Mrs. Jack is yet a 
hale and genial old lady. Ch : 

1. Leonidas W. JacK\ b. Jan. 8. 18.30; m'd Oct. 26. 1875, 

Mary R. Ward. Ch: ["] Alfred Ward Jack, b. 
July 29, 1876; [&] Archie M. Jack, b. May 10, 1878; 
[f] Wm. Lee Jack. b. Aug. 29. 1884. 

2. John W. Jack, b. in Platte April 10, 1838; m'd July 20, 

1876, Lucy M. Parrish. dr. of Isaac O. Parrish. Mr. 
Jack is an intelligent and enterprising farmer, near 
Camden Point, and rears and deals in cuttle and 
hogs. Ch: [0] Olie A. Jack, b. Oct. 23, 1878; 
[ft] John M., b. Aug. 9. 1880. 

3. Mosehij M. Jack, b. Aug. 10, 1842; m'd Ida May Phillips. 

Ch: ['^j Emma Jack, b. July 19, 1880; p] Robert 
Jack, b. June 16. 1882; [c] Mary Jack, b. March 17, 

4. Man/ B. Jack, b. Xoy. 25, 1844; m'd Dec. 3. 1867, R. C. 

Brock. He died April 21. 1879. Ch: ["] Emma 
Lee Brock, b. Aug. 6, 1869 ; [^] Esther Brock, b. Aug. 
.30, 1871 ; [f ] Alf. O. Brock, b. May 21. 1876. 

5. Alf. C. Jack, b. March 15. 1847 ; m'd Sallie Shafer. Ch : 

[«] Lee Jack; [?*] Fred Jack; [c] William Jack; 
[^n Laura; [^] Archie Jack; [f] Thurman. 

6. Archie R. Jack, b. May 29. 1855; m'd May 13, 1886. 

Emma Cockrill. b. Feb. 25, 1864. dr. of E. C. Ch: 
[c] Lucian M. Jack, b. March 23, 1887; [&] Archie 
C. b. Noy. 28, 1888; [c] Gordon L^e Jack, b. Noy. 
29. 1890. 
IV. EVELINE JACK. b. Jan. 4, 1810. in Tennessee; d. in Oregon. 
Dec- 14. 1869 ; m'd April 1. 1831. M. N. Owen. (See.) 
V. LAVEXIA JACK, b. Feb. 6, 1812; d. Aug. 12, 1849; m'd Jan. 
16. 18.34, Benj. F. Pearson. 
VL BETHEXIA JACK, b. March 12, 1814; m'd W. B. Almond. 

VIL WILLIAM A. JACK, b. Aug. 1. 1816. He liyes in Pleasant 

Hill. Mo. 
Vin. SAMUEL AD. .JACK. b. Oct. 2. 1816; d. at Platte City June 
16. 1854; m'd 1st. Sept. 19. 1848. Elyira Johnson, dr. of Capt. 
Andrew. From her he was diyorced. He then m'd. April 
12, 1853, Mollie Redman, dr. of Elder William. Xo chil- 
dren by either wife. His widow m'd Co. P. Reeyes and 
liyes in California. Mr. .Jack was lame from white swell- 


ing, but was an admirable gentleman. He had a passion 
for music, as had all the Jack family. 

June 10 — Bushwhackers make a raid on Ridgely, and their 
leader, Overton, is killed. Fielding is wounded, and, after mak- 
ing a confession, is shot. On the Federal side, Moses Barnes is 
killed, and Lieut. Cummins and private John Goodwin are 
wounded. Fielding is said to have shown a list of Union men to 
be killed, and he said that Calhoun Thornton had three hundred 
recruits ready to go south as soon as the Union men were killed. 
Capt. Fitzgerald is now of the 16th Kansas. 

June 12 — Bushwhackers make a bloodless raid upon Farley. 

June 17 — The Border Times condemns severely the Sentinel 
for assuring the people that all is safe and quiet, when bush- 
whackers are manifesting themselves by frequent outrages. 

June 19 — Bushwhackers robbed Elkanah Risk, John Scott, 
and Madison Dale. 

Rev. G. L. Moad made a Sunday-school address, at the Pres- 
byterian church in Platte City, a procession of children marched 
through the town, and a contribution of |30 was taken up. 

Bushwhackers have a camp three miles north of Platte City. 
Maj. Clark sends Capt. Johnston after them, but they received 
notice of his coming and fled. 

Rain badly needed. 

June 20 — Gen, C. B. Fisk visits Weston to inquire into the 
situation. He speaks from the balcony of the hotel, and is fol- 
lowed by A. G, Beller and J. B. Wright. 

The body of a young man named Bailey is found in Lewis Cal- 
vert's pasture, and his death is charged on bushwhackers. 

June 22 — Jas. H. Tinsley, while riding on the road, is attacked 
and robbed by bushwhackers. He has been a Conservative, but 
now turns Radical. 

June 23 — A. F. Cox, editor of the Sentinel, returns after an 
absence of two weeks, and announces a change in the situation. 
He admits the county is overrun by bushwhackers, and, with a 
sick heart, warns the "Pawpaws" of the effect of their disloyalty. 

Capt. Johnston captures two deserters, Thompson and Rags- 
dale, and sends them under escort to Weston, but they are 
rescued at Bee Creek by bushwhackers. 

Prof. A. B. Jones announces that he will leave Platte City 
Female Academy. He gathers a large audience, and, in a set 
speech, heaps opprobrium upon them for not giving his school 
ytroper support. 

Tlie Border Thncfi condemns Maj. J. M. Clark's military gov- 
ernment of the county, but commends the spirit of his proclama- 
tion calling on the peoph^ to rally to the rescue. 

The telegraph now connects Weston with St. Joseph. 

1864, JULY. 367 JULY 10, 1864. 


July t — Australian Circus at Weston. 

Bushwhaclvei's are in camp four miles from Weston. 

July // — The mail robbed by bushwhackers between Weston 
and Camden Point. 

July 6 — t^ixty bushwhackers enter Parkville, and others 
are near. 

There are two companies of Home Guards at Weston, under 
Captains Gilbert and Shelsky, but the alarm is so great that Gen. 
Curtis sends three companies from the Fort, for their protection. 

• July 7 — William Schaback's house, six miles from Weston, is 
burned, and he is wounded by a shot in the arm. 

Good rains, which were badly needed. 


July 10 — Thornton at length makes an open demonstration. 
At 8 a. m. it was announced that Coon Thornton and 400 bush- 
whackers were two miles east of Platte City, and would soon en- 
ter. The stores were closed and all was still. The ''Pawpaws'' 
were gone, and Capt. Johnston lounged on the street, with no man 
to do him reverence. ''I shall stand at my post," he said, "though 
two-thirds of my men have deserted. They have gone over to the 
enemy, and the other third, through fear, have fled. I have noth- 
ing to do but to report." He remained in town while Thornton 
was here, and when he left, he went with Maj. Clark to Weston, 
to report. Both were put in the guard-house. 


At 10 o'clock Thornton and his mounted ''Four Hundred" 
slowly entered Platte City. No opposition was made. Only one 
Confederate flag was waved, and scarcely any one fled. The cit- 
izens, generall3^ remained at home. 


In the afternoon I went over on Main Street. About 2 
o'clock the men broke open Lawson Holmes' dry goods store in the 
Swaney building, situated where Wells' banking house now 
stands. A crowd of men, and some women, entered, and bore oft' 
armfuls of goods. Many men appeared in completely new suits. 
My office was in the building. I saw load after load of goods 
carried off. Two stout strangers with axes attacked the money 
safe. One, with great muscular ]>ower, struck 1lie crack at one 
side of the door and the other struck in the same crack — and in 
two minutes the safe was bursted. They were disappointed, as 
onlv ttooks were found. 



Tliey were orderly, and seemed perfectly at home. They 
killed several beeves, and notified the citizens to go and get what 
they wanted. The soldiers seemed to regard all the citizens as 
friends. Among them^ were Taylor and Threlkeld and their 
guerrillas. On the morrow all was quiet. One of the foreign 
companies went to the southern border of Buchanan to visit 


with the punishment threatened in case he continued to preach in 
Platte County. They surrounded Morris' house, and demanded his 
surrender. Morris had armed himself, and had called to his aid 
two of his friends, and they determined to resist. But the house 
was set on fire, and as the inmates came from the flames they were 
riddled with bullets. Morris was a Northern Methodist preacher, 
and had been ordered by the Platte County Defensive Association 
to desist from preaching under the penalty of death. But Morris 
did not heed the threat, and his death was the consequence. The 
sequel was the death of Dr, Jos. Walker on the 28th day of August, 


July 12 — After remaining two days at Platte City, Thornton 
and his ''Four Hundred" went to Camden Point, and encamped on 
the road leading north. 


July 13 — On themoming of the 13th of JulyColonelsFord and 
Jennison, being in Weston, started to Camden Point, in pursuit of 
Thornton. The force consisted of one company of the 16th Kansas, 
30 men; one company of the 15th Kansas, 40 men; two companies 
of the 2d Colorado, 150 men; three companies of the Missouri 
Stiite Militia, 150 men; and 2d Colorado Battery, 30 men; making 
400 in all. An advance guard of 40 men captured three pickets at 
Bee Creek, and, after giving notice to the rear, dashed into Cam- 
den. A flag with the legend ''Protect Missouri" had just been pre- 
sented to Col. Thornton by the ladies — and his men were enjoying 
a picnic in the blue-grass pasture north of Camden, and were 
taken by surprise. After an effort to organize, they fled north 
and east. But ere they started they fired a volley upon their pur- 
suers. The Federal loss was: Private C. A. Flannagan. killed; 
Sei-geant L. K. Crane, severely wounded; and several others 
slightly wounded. The Confederates lost:' killed, Richard Al- 
vis, Peter Clements, Alemanne Hardin, Robert McCormick, An- 
drew Smith, and Jesse Myles. Maj. John McCluer was killed at 
his home, several miles away, by a. party in pursuit of fleeing Con- 
federates; and AlfrcHl Jack wns shot at, without effect. Years 
later a handsome monument was erected at Tamden Point in 
honor of the rV)nfederate dead. The flag presented to Colonel 
Thornton was captured, and is still preserved as a trophy. 



Jiili/ 14 — After burning several houses in Camden, Ford and 
Jenuison come (m to Platte City, Tliey made headquarters at the 
Flcshiiian House. Howell Jenkins' grocery store was looted, 
llis cellar was well stored with wine, and arnifuls of bottles were 
taken by the soldiers to the olhcers. I saw Jennison displaying 
his skill in uncorking bottles. He held the bottle over his head, 
and with an upward stroke with the back of his sword along the 
neck, he broke off the head of the bottle. The oflficers and men 
were scattered over town, and gave no trouble. 


This block was one of particular detestation. For months, in 
]S()1, a rebel tlag had floated on its roof; the owners had been 
noted as Secessionists, and in its third story was the printing 
office of the Sentinel. The Argus, the Tenth Legion, and the Co'ti- 
serrator had been printed there. My office w-as in the second 
story, I first observed Capt. Fitzgerald and others bring out the 
flies' of the Sentinel They examined it for a half-hour, and dis 
persed. going in different ways, as if on dutv. An armed squad of 
soldiers took seats on the east side of the building. A few minutes 
later, a black smoke poured from the third-story windows. 1 
went to the foot of the stairs, and asked a soldier, wiio was coming 
down, if the house was on fire. He told me it was; and I w^ent up 
to my office, and commenced throwing the law^-bor^''" of^it of the 
windows into the street. Some officers, with wiiom I had formed 
acquaintance, saw me, and called soldiers to my aid. The books 
were saved, but the furniture was burned. No one else tried to 
save anything. 


On the morning of the 14th Maj. Morin had been arrested 
near his home by the troops coming from Camden. He was 
allowed to walk on the street, before the Fleshman House, on 
parole. Seeing me, he called me, and stated that there were a 
half-dozen of Jennison's men who intended to kill him, and would 
do so the first chance. He s;tid I could save him — to see the 
officers, tell them he was a Mason, and had bitterly opposed 
secession. These were truths In ])ursuance of these sugges- 
tions, I made myself known as a ISfason, and urgently interceded 
for our brother. While T was pleading, we he;^T-d four shots at 
the stairway, and Morin rush'fl into our presence, greatly af- 
frighted. His personal foes, who knew^ him at Fort Scott, wiien 
land office receiver, had attempted to assassinate him. This sat- 
isfied the officers that my a]>prehensi(>ns for his safety w'ere well 
founded. T obtained a prouiise that florin should be saved. Ac- 
cordingly, that night Col. Ford sent him half-wiiy home, under es- 
cort. He lay that night beside a log. near the road. His ene- 
mies follov.'cd. but failed to find him. The next morning. Mrs. 


Morin was almost distracted, for no one could tell what had be- 
fallen her husband. The troops left at daylight, going east. But 
the}' left a band of incendiaries to carry out their counsels. 


July 15 — As the last soldier departed, a gang of men went 
from house to house, according to a written programme, and 
burned designated houses. The Methodist church on Lot 3, 
Block 33, was the first that was set on fire. Seeing smoke, 1 
went out to reconnoiter. In front of the Presbyterian church and 
Masonic hall an officer on horseback was keeping watch. I had 
met him the previous day, and knew him to be a Mason. On in- 
quiry, I learned that a greater part of the town was to be burned, 
and especially public buildings, on account of the disloyalty of 
the citizens. Hearing a noise in the church, I asked if that house 
was to be burned. He replied that it was on the list. I told him 
that every member of the church was loyal. He replied that the 
orders were to burn it. ''But," I said, "the upper story is a 
Masonic hall, and certainly, you, a Mason, will not destroy it." 
His reply was, "Its destruction will hurt the community at large." 
He invited me to go in and take anything I desired. I replied, as 
I left, "No; if you bum the house, you may burn the Bible with it." 

I then took my seat at my front door, and a party of horse- 
men passed, and inquired who I was. On learning my name, they 
said it was not on their list. 


Besides the Methodist church, Presbyterian church, and 
Masonic hall, they burned the houses of Levi Likins, W. C. Rem- 
ington, Howard Conley, Mary A. Marsh, Philip Lutes, R. P. 
Gaines, the Male Academy, the house of Maj. H. C. Cockrill, and 
all the houses on the south side of the present public square. 

A. F. Cox was unwell, and remained at home. They burned 
his property, but protected his person, by stationing a guard at 
his door. He had always been a warm Union man, and his heart 
was broken by the treatment of his friends. He went to St. Louis, 
and there died November 5, 1869. 


Tlio utmost alarm prevailed. The military had left tliem without 
protection. Captains Gilbert. Shelsky, Quinn, and ^Sliles are 
raising companies for home ]>i-otection. The Border Times an- 
nounr-es that it is Tliointon's purpose to burn Weston. The 
wounded Federal soldiers from Camden received the kindest 
attention. A rumor was circulated that bushwhackers were 
coming; the market-house bell was rung, and every man called to 
arms. Some twenty of the lOtli Kansas mounted their liorses and 
sconrpd tlie ronntv. but no enemv was found. 



July 20 — Gen. Fisk appeals to the loyal men of northwestern 
JVIissoiii'i for 5,000 volunteei-.s. He says: "Your neighbors are 
being murdered, and tlieir property given to the torch. Houseless 
women are tleeing to military posts. Hundreds of Unionists are 
pleading at my headquarters for protection, that I am unable to 
attord, from the limited force at my command. The abundant 
harvests are rapidly going to waste. In the name of loyalty, 
humanity, and Christian civilization, I implore you to delay not a 
hearty response to this appeal." 


July 23 — From the Border Times of the 29th: Ar a mass- 
meeting at Platte City, H, M. Aller was chosen chairman, and 
G. W. Belt secretary. Resolutions were passed denouncing bush- 
whackers, and another meeting appointed for Weston on the 25th, 
Judge Norton denounced bushwhackers, confessed that he had 
been deceived by the "Pawpaws," acknowledged that he had 
something to do with arming them, and that the opposers of the 
"Pawpaws" were right and he wrong. He concluded that the 
organization of the militia must jiass into other hands. He en- 
dorsed Gen, Fisk. Among those participating in the meeting- 
were: A, G, Brown, Wm, Gabbert, Henry Lamar, M, Miles, L. W. 
IMcSchooler, Thomas Quinn, Ben. Smither, and J. B. Wright. 

July 28 — The deceived 'Tawpaws" are now hiding. One by 
one they come in and surrender to some loyal friend, who takes 
them to St. Joseph, and recommends their banishment to Iowa, or 
elsewhere. This is preferred to imprisonment, or even to hang- 
ing. The jails of St, Joseph are crowded with the disloyal. Busi- 
ness is suspended, and the county offices are closed. 


Aug. 1 — Bv accurate count, there are onlv 19 men in Platte 

Maj. Hilliard is in command at Weston. He makes the 
Wallingford house his headquarters. 

Col. Jas. A. Price is at Fort Leavenwoirth, recruiting the IGtli 
Kansas, In a circular, he announces himself a candidate for 
sheriff of Platte, but withdraws bef oire the election. 


Under General Order No. 24, the disloyal citizens are required 
to give bond, and are disfranchised. A list is furnished each 
precinct. The following is a partial list: O. Q. Alcott. Henry 
Basye, New^ton Bailey, Henderson Brown, A, J. Burnett. S. Buck- 
heart. W. Cunningham. Clinton Cockrill. Chas, Carpenter, A, H, 
Cox, Robert Douglas, E, iNI. Dobson, A, Dean. Israel Dougherty, 
P. W. Ellington, Jas. Graves. Elijah Justus. G, W, Long, Eli Link, 

1864, AUG. 372 RECRUITS. 

John Lester, M. ^Y, Mitchell, Jesse Miller, J. L. Merchant, L. 
Malott, Madison Owens, C. C. Redman, X. T. Rogers, W. M. Rule, 
Samuel Rixev, E. C. Redman, Nath'l Searcy, Dan Stewart, Dan 
Stevens H. j". Talbott, Wm. Talbott, Ed. Tanner, Andrew Tribble. 


The county court (Layton) offers |75 for each recruit credited 
to Platte County. 

Aug. 3 — Mobile taken by Farragut. 

Aug. 15 — Maj. Hilliard sent a squad of soldiers to the house 
of Levi Brashears, and captured 30 stand of arms. 

Aug. 16 — Capt. J. H. Bnrt, with his company, had a brush 
with bushwhackers near Henry Yenemmen's, and it was thought 
one was wounded. 

Aug. 18 — Harvey Talbott's house burned; loss, $1,000. 

N. P. Ogden leaves New Market and setles at Weston. 
Wm Carpenter buys the Burnes store-house and opens a stock 
of dry goods. 

Aug. 19 — The Border Times charges that two-thirds of the 
people of Platte are disloyal. 

Union leagues are organized in the count3^ 

Aug. 21 — A detachment, of the ITth Illinois Cavalry fall in 
with Si. Gordon and five of his men. They pursue them closely, 
but fail to capture any of them. 

The Border Times announces : ''There is peace in Platte." 


Aug. 28 — I have already stated that Dr. Walker was impli- 
cated in the threat to kill any Noirthern Methodist that continued 
to preach in Platte; and I have recorded the execution of that 
threat upon Rev. Chas. Morris. A son of Mr. Morris, living in New 
Orleans, to avenge his father's death, came to Leavenw^orth and 
organized and armed a band of desperate men, who went through 
the neighborhood where his father had been forbidden to preach, 
in search of the leaders of the outrage. None were found, until 
Dr. Walker was met in the road. He was taken to an adjacent 
wood and shot. His family were notified, and reached him in 
time to hear his statement that he was shot by a party of men, all 
of whom were sti-angers to him except one John Morris, who lived 
in the neigliborhood. John ^Morris was no relative of Rev. Charles 
Morris, but was pressed into the sei'vice of the band, as a guide. 
The facts were drawn out on the trial of John ]\Iorris, who was 
indictod for the murder, and he was fdund not guilty. The 
h-agedy i)roduced consternation in the county. 

1864, SEPT. 373 THE GABBERTvS. 



Sept. 2 — James Gabbert (i) died. His sons, William and 
James, administered. Bond, |S0,000. He was born in Rock- 
bridge County, \'a., Septemlxn' l'!J, 17D1, and died in Tlatte Sep- 
tember 2. 18<i4. He remov(Hl to Lincoln County, Ivy., where he 
married I'olly Sullivan. Mr. Jas. Gabbert (i) was a son of George 
(Jabbert (i), who came from Germany, and married Ann Keed, of 
Pennsylvania. James had three brothers, George (ii), Michael (i), 
and Jacob Gabbert, who settled in Buchanan. James and his 
family removed, in 1820, to Bartholomew County, Ind.. and thence 
came to IMatte in March, 18.S0, purchasing land on Pleasant Ridge. 
Ho brought money with him, ^ud his postenty are generally 
wealthy, influential farmers. Masons, and Baptists. Ch: 

L GEORGE GABBERT (iii), b. in Lincoln Co., Ky., Dec. 26, 
1814; d. in Platte May 6, 1892; m'd 1st, in Indiana, Jan. 8, 
1835, Sallie Cox, b. Oct. 2, 1818; d. April KJ, 1876. She 
was the mother of all his children. He m'd 2d, Jan. 8, 1881, 
Miss Mollie King, who survives, and has married Hon. J. L. 
Carmack. Mr. Gabbert was well educated, social, gen- 
erous, polished, agreeable, and enterprising. He held, at 
one time, the oflflce of public administrator, and his name 
w^as often suggested for places of honor. His sons are men 
of distinction, and his daughters intelligent and lovely. 
Children : 

1. James B. Gabbert, went to Texas; m'd Julia Hate, and 

d. April 19, 1888, leaving a widow and 8 children. 

2. George M. Gabbert, b. ^larch 7. 1839; m'd Nancy Bu- 

chanan; 6 children. Live in Arkansas. 

3. Thomas L. Gabbert, b. June 4, 1841, in Platte; m'd 

Jan. 7, 1863, Martha V. Crabb, dr. of Jerry. She 
w'as b. Aug. 27, 1845, Mr. Gabbert i-eceived a class- 
ical education, and in Masonrv is q. Knight Templar. 
Oh: [«] Ardev Gabbert, b. Dec. 22, 1863; [^] Essie, 
b. Aug. 20, 1867; [c] Veta, b. July 26, 1874; 
[(I] Owza, b. Nov. 7, 1878; [c] Irma Gabbert. 

4. Jane Gabbert, b. Nov. 15, 1844; m'd Dec. 3L 1863, Leon 

Wilkerson. (See.) 

5. PriseiUa Gabbert, b. April 14, 1846; m'd S. A. Hull, son 

of Harvey. Ch: [«] Gabbert B. Hull; ['>] Charles; 
[<-] Bertie; [d] Noble; [e] Tweetv. 

6. Mart/ A. Gabbert, b. Dec. 9, 1849; 'm'd Dec. 6, 1866, 

J. ]\[. Treadway, son of Richard. Ch: [«] George 
Treadwav; [^'] Leonidas; [c] Katie; \'^] Nancv J.; 
[''] CiuaTrisulway; [f] Sallie; [f] Jolm; [''] Rich- 
ard Treadwav. 

7. Ella Gabbert, h. Nov. 18, 1852; m'd Oct. 10. 1873, James 

Crtuchfi.dd, son of Elijah. Ch: ["] Delia Crutch- 
field; [?>] Ballard. 

1864, SEPT. 374 THE GABBERTS. 

8. William T. GaUcrt, b. Aug. IS, 1858; m'd Sept. 2, 1880, 

Laura Lamar, dr. of Henry. Ch: [«] Mabel; 
[^] Beulab. Tbey live in Dennison. 

9. Paul B. Gahhert, b."' March 8. 18G2; m'd Jan. 2, 1889, 

Lucy Hornback, dr. of' Jesse. Ch: [«^] Aubrey. 
II. WILLIAM GABBERT, b. Oct. 8. 1817, in Lincoln Co., Ky. 
He lives on Pleasant Ridge, and is a man of wealth and in- 
fluence. He married, in Indiana, Dec. 27, 1838, Fannie 
Hamner, b. Sept. 3, 1819, in Kentucky. They celebrated 
their golden wedding. Ch : 

1. James J. Gabhcrt, b. Oct. 23, 1840; d. March 1, 1897; 

m'd Feb. 22, 1865, Mary E. Treadway, dr. of Richard. 
She d. in Dec, 1869. Ch: [«] Fannie C. Gabbert, 
m'd Nov. a, 1886, W. H. Miller, son of Marion; 
[&] Wm. S. Gabbert. Mr. Gabbert m'd 2d, Feb. 18, 
1873, Nannie O. Barbee. (See.) 

2. George Benton Gahhert, b. Dec. 3, 1842; m'd March 24, 

1864, Alice Layton, b. Nov. 11. 1843. She is a daugh- 
ter of the late Judge James H. Layton, and is edu- 
cated and accomplished. They live at Dearborn, 
where Mr. Gabbert has established a bank, of which 
he is president. He is a student of political econ- 
omy, and keeps well informed on the topics of the 
day. He conducts a large farm, and is interested in 
rearing fine stock. He often publishes in our county 
papers his views on political, agricultural, scientific, 
and moral questions. His judgment is sound, and 
he is always found on the side of progress and im- 
provement. Ch: \^^ Eva Gabbert. b. April 30, 
1865 ; m'd Dec. 27, 1887, Edwin E. Pumphrev, cashier 
of the Bank of Dearborn. Ch: [jf] Maxa M. Pum- 
phrev, b. Oct. 17, 1888; [2] Alice Pumphrev, b. in 
June, 1890; [3] Edwin G., b. in Jan.. 1892. \^ Wil- 
liam H. Gabbert, b. Julv 1, 1866 : [c] Smith Gabbert, 
b. Jan. 19, 1868; m'd Sept. 9, 1896, Georgia Walling- 
ford; ['^l Lewis C. Gabbert, b. Jan. 17, 1883. 

3. Micliael 77. Gahhert, b. April 30, 1846; m'd March 21, 

1868, Henrietta Cox, b. April 21, 1848. dr. of Jacob. 
Ch: [«] Nannie. b. Jan. 11. 1871; m'd Jas. Risk (see); 
r&l Jessie B.. m'd Dec. 4. 1895. A. E. ]\rcGlashen; 
[f] Bessie; m Jakie; [^] Eleuora. 

4. 'S^nra Gahhert. b. Dec. 25. 1861 : m'd Oct. 24, 1883. Wm. 

B. Calveri. b. Jan. 8, 1858. Ch : [^] Lewis Calvert ; 
[&] Fannie (Tot); [^] William. 

5. Dr. Ira T. Gahhert, b. Dec. 3. 1852; m'd Elizabeth 

Slaymaker. Thev live in Kansas. 

6. Laura C. Gahhert. h. Nov. 12. 1869. 

in. :\rARTA gabbert. m\\ :\roses Lambert, in Indiana, and 

1864, SEPT. 375 DAVID HUNT 

I \'. PKISCILLA GA15BERT, m'd D. Pence, and died in Indiana. 
y. UlCllAEL H. GABBERT (i), b. in Nov., 1824; m'd June 2, 
185:}, Samantha Cox, dr. of Jacob. 

1. AUrc (Jabbcrt, ni'd 1st, Leach Dale; no cliildrcn. She 

m'd 2d, L. W. Overbeck; no chikli-cn. 

2. Mahlon aahbrrt, nrd Dec. ;{0. 181MI. Lillic Wliitc. Ch: 

["] Peter C^abbert; [^] Howard. 

3. Emma Gahhert, m'd Dec. 19, 1881, Jonathan J[. Miller, 

son of INfarion; no children. 

4. Pearl Gahhert, m'd Ang. 19, 1890, Homer V. Hickman. 

They live in Iowa. 

5. Toie Gahhert, m'd March 9, 1887, Cicero Fleming, and 


VI. LUOELLA GABBERT, m'd Wm. Cox, and died. 

VII. GERELDA GABBERT, m'd George Kreigh, and died in 


Vin. JOSEI»HIXE GABBERT, m'd April 29, 1802, James B. 
Kitchen, who kept a hotel in Omaha ; no children. 

IX. JAMES IRA GABBERT, b. in Indiana Jan. 80, 1833; came to 
Platte in the fall of 1850; was educated at Pleasant Ridge; 
was deputy sheriff under Bryant; m'd June 27, 1854, Susan 
A. Kitchen, dr. of Henry; engaged in farming. During the 
war he was employed in teaming between Leavenworth 
and Santa F^. He is a. well-known ^Nlason. Ch: 

1. Laura Gahhert, m'd Sept. 30, 1878, Walter K. Stone, of 
Kansas. Ch: ["] Sue Stone; [''J Walter. 
X. MOLLIE GABBERT, graduated at Prof. Todd's Academy in 
1859. She w'as beautiful in vouth, and is lovelv in age. 
She m'd March 24, 1863, Hon. Wm. H. Ballard, son of 
John P. He was born in Madison County, Ky., Jan. 25, 
1835; came to Platte in 1858; represented the county in the 
State Legislature in 1870-1, and now resides in Weston, 
while his sons cultivate his farm near Camden Point. He 
is an urbane and generous Kentuckv gentleman. Ch: 

1. Pernj A. Ballard, b. Dec. 4, 1863; m'd March 7, 1886, 

Lizzie George, dr. of William. Ch: [^] Oscar K. ; 
[ft] William A.; [c] Bryan W.; [d] W. G. 

2. Oaklei/ G. Ballarrh m'd Feb. 14, 1807. Lulu Field. Both 

are well educated and highly esteemed. 

Siept. .') — This is the day appointed to make the draft. Our 
quota is not full, yet no draft is made. 


Sept. 6 — David Hunt (i) having died, B. R. Morton admin- 
isters. Bond, 140,000. He was born in Hardin County, Ky., May 
20, 1798; married, first, Rebecca Boggs, born August 5, 1796. and 
died April 16, 1837. Mr. Hunt was a man of large and command- 
ing frame, and by sound judgment and enterprise accumulated a 
handsome estate. His sons and daughters are intelligent, hand- 
some, and accomplished. Ch : 

1864, SBPT. 376 THE HUNTS. 

I. SARAH JANE HUNT, b. in Howard Co., Mo., Sept. 25, 1822, 
3'et living four miles south of Platte City; m'd June 13, 
1839, Benj. R. Morton, b. in Montgomery Co., Ky., June 29, 
1812; d. Dee. 7, 1881. His graudfatliei', John Morton, b. in 
1760, was wealthy. His father, James Morton, b. Dec. 17. 
1782, m'd Ruth Riggs, and died, leaving nothing to his chil- 
dren. Ben. R. Morton came to Independence, Mo., in 1832, 
and worked as a cabinet-maker; spent 1836 in St. Louis, 
working at his trade; came to Platte in 1837, and settled at 
Platte City, where, with Mr. Bishop, he built and con- 
ducted a carding machine, on Lot 11, Block 28, from 1840 
to 1841; purchased land three miles south of Platte City, 
where he built a large brick house, now the homestead of 
the family; was elected county judge in November, 1868, 
with Talbott and Hamm as his associates; went to Cali- 
fornia for his health; in 1877 he had a long and severe 
spell of sickness, and partially recovered, with the losvs of 
an eye. From this time until his death, he was seldom seen 
from his home. His judgment was sound, his industrj- in- 
defatigable, and his reputation as an upright, honest, and 
honorable citizen was well established, Ch : 

1. John Morton, b. Dec. 18, 1849 ; single. 

2. Bailie A. Morton, b. March 27, 1847; m'd Sept. 12, 1867, 

Hon. G. G. White, who was a distinguished lawyer 
of Colorado, where he died. Ch: [«] Lora White, 
d. Aug. 10, 1896; m'd H. H. Norton, of Leadville, 
Colo.; [&] Georgia White ; [^] Benjamin; ['^ Hume. 

3. James Morton, b Sept. 5, 1854; m'd June 17, 1S86, Ann 

White, b. Dec. 31, 1859. She is not related to G. G. 
White, but a half-sister of Wm. C. White. In 
November, 1894, Mr. Morton was elected a judge of 
the county conrt, and reelected in 1896 ; he is a man 
of sense and a successful farmer. Ch: [«] Ben 
Morton; [&] Elizabeth. 

4. Z. Alice Morton, b. Sept. 11, 1863; m'd Dec. 8, 1886, 

Chas. M. Johnston, son of Stephen (i), and a mer- 
chant in Platte City. Ch: [«] Georgia Johnston; 
[^] Morton Johnston; [c] Janett. 
Ben R. Morton had a brother, John, whose son. James R. 
Morton, came to Platte in 1891. 
IL JOSEPH HUNT, b. Feb. 3, 1824; d. in the Mexican War. 
HI. ZILPAK HUNT (twin), b. Feb. 3, 1824; d. Aug. 13, 1856. 
IV. AUREY HUNT. b. Nov. 9, 1826 ; m'd J. G. Sulton. (See.) 
Y. ELIZA ANN HUNT, b. Aug. 13, 1828; m'd Levi Likins. 
Mr Likins was in charge of the Platte City Water :Mi]ls 
with me, from 1862 to 1866, was bui-ned out by Federal 
soldiers in July, 1864. and went to California, where he 
now lives; no children. 
VL REBECCA ST^^SAN HT^NT. b. June 19. 1836; m'd Charles 
Hunt (cousin), son of Daniel. 

1864, SEPT. 377 W. W. WILLIAMS. 

VIL .lOXATIlAX 15. Hl'XT, 1). Mairli 10. iSMii; d. in .Ian. 1858; 
m'd Fannie Thonijjson, dr. oi* -las. L. They had: 
1. Joseph T. Hunt. 

Mrs. Hunt afterwards married a Golden, of Ohio. 
After the death of Mrs. Rebeeea Ilnnt, Mr. I). Hunt (i) mar- 
ried, second, Anjiust 1, 1889, Ann Todd (see), dau^liter of Joseph. 
Under her name will be found a second set of children. (See.) 

Sept. J2 — I'rof. W. C. McKinnis takes charg:e of the Platte 
City Academy, with Dr. J. M. Holt and wife to supervise the board- 
ing department, 

tiept. 16 — Si. (lordon has gone; bushwhackers still hiding. 


William W. Williams died August 3, 18G4. J. S. Brasfield 
administered. Bond, |L'0,OUU. Mr. \V. W. Williams was a son of 
John Williams andElizabeth Collins, and was born in Madison 
County, K}'., Dec. 15, 1795. His father, John Williams, born in 
1770, was a son of William. His mother, Elizabeth, was a daugh- 
ter of John Collins, and born May 8, 1772. Mr. W. W. Williams 
was a large and portly gentleman, and an intelligent and success- 
ful farmer. He married, in Kentucky, Sallie Walker, born 
February 11, 1800. From Madison County the family removed to 
Montgomery County in 1835, and thence to Platte in 1844. Ch : 

I. ELIZABETH WILLIAMS, b. Julv 27, 1820; d. in March, 
1800; m'd W. Frank Hoffman; dead. Ch: 

1. iSaUic B. 2. Susan E. 3. Richard L. Hoffman. 
4. Franklin M. 
IL OSCAR F. WILLIAINIS, b. IMay 24, 1823; dend; m'd Sallie 
Peacock, of Independence, Mo. Ch: 

1. Man/ F. 2. Wmiam. 3. Bosa Lee Willwrns. 
IIL JOHN W. WILLIAMS, b. Nov. C^, 1824; d. June 8, 1892. 
IV. EDWIN R. WHXIAMS, b. Nov. 15, 1820; m'd May 27, 1858, 
MarvC. Mav. (See.) 
V. SARAH F. WILLIAMS, b. Jan. 10, 1834; m'd Nov. 29. 1854, 

Pevton Newman: live in Kansas. 
VI. LUCY A. WILLIAMS, b. Mav 3, 1835; dead; iird Nov. 25, 
1858, John T. Swanev, b. Feb. 28, 1835 ; d. March 23, 1865. 
VIL STEPHEN D. WILLIAMS, b. Dec. 14. 1837; d. Sept. 6, 1893; 

m'd Henrietta Cox, dr. of J. B. ; 4 children. 
VIIL LEE M. WILLIAMS, b. Mav 15, 1842; m'd Elizabeth :Mav. 

IX. MARTHA B. WILLIA^FS. b. April 20, 1845; m'd Feb. 15. 
1800. Dr. Ben F. Records, b. Jan. 0. 1834, in liracken Co.. 
Ky.: di(Hl in Kansas Citv Oct. 28, 1890. He was a son of 
Laban S. Records, b. May 11, 1807, and grandson of 
Laban Records, b. in 1705. in Sussex Co., Del. His mother 
was Martha Stites. b. Dec. 31. 1810, dr. of Samuel Stites. b. 
in 1700. in N'ew Jersey. Dr. Records graduated at St. 
Louis Medical College in 1871, and practiced in Platte, 

1864, SEPT. 378 MAJ. JOHN McCLUER. 

Cla}', and Jackson counties. He possessed literarj' taste, 
as well as professional acquirements. He was a zealous 
Baptist, and was a diligent reader of history, philosophy, 
and science, as well as of politics and the advance of im~ 
provement. He often wrote for the press. Dr. Records 
m'd 1st, Mattie A. Kenny, who died childless. Children by 
second wife: 

1. John W. Becords, b. ^^ov. 9, 18GG; m'd Aug. 5, 1890, 

Lora L. Lampton. 

2. Lucij M. Records, b. Sept. 1, 1870. 

3. James L. Records, b. Aug. 5, 1872; nid Dec. 5, 1894, 

Anna Stone, dr. of A. R. Stone. 

4. WnUam C. Records, b. April 20, 1878. 


On the 13th of July, 1864, after the fight at Camden, a party 
of Federals, in pursuit of bushwhackers, passing the home of Maj. 
]McCluer, called him to his door, and shot him in cold blood. He 
was born in Versailles, Ky., in 1815. He was a son of John 
McCluer, who came from Virginia, where he had married Ann 
McGrew, daughter of John. John M. McCluer was a man of good 
education, a major of militia, and was, prior to the war, sheriff of 
Atchison County, Kansas. On account of his sympathy with the 
South, he changed his residence to Platte City in 1861. At the 
time of his death he was residing near Camden Point. At Hop- 
kinsville, Ky., Maj. McCluer married Myra Wilkinson. She sur- 
vives, and lives with her daughter im Kansas City. Ch : 
I. JAMES L. McCLUER, b. March 6, 1838; m'd Oct. 18, 1866, 
the lovely Mary Frankie Hunt, b. March 31, 1848, dr. of 
Da^id Hunt. (See.) He studied law in 1838-9, at Atch- 
ison, with Headley & Carr; was circuit clerk of Atchison 
County to 1861; editor of the Londmarl\ and manager of 
the Western department of the .^tna Insurance Company. 
He is a gentleman of dignity, and wields great influence in 
insurance affairs. As an editor he showed literary ability. 
He has traveled much, and is acquainted in all parts of the 
W^est. (For his familv, see David Hunt.) 
11. LUCRETIA McCLUER, b. Feb. 25. 1840; m'd Feb. 3, 1863, 
Ed. C. Cockrill. (See.) At the time of Lncretia's marriage 
she was a remarkable beautv. 
Ml. MRA McCLUER, lives with her mother in Kansas City. 


ficpf. IS — Dr. Thomas L. Thomas (i) having been murdered for 
his Southern sympathies, his brother. Elder W. H. Thomas, ad- 
ministered. Bond, |2,400. Dr. Thomas married October 2, 1851, 
Nancy Hays. (See.) He was possessed of superior native mind, 
and was a well-read physician, of large experience. LTis pleasant 
addi-f'ss and generous s])iri( made him a favoi-ite at Camden Point. 
< Miildreu : 

1864, SEPT. 379 DAVID GREGG. 

I. WILLIP] THOMAS, is nianicd and lives in Kansas City. 

II. TIIO^fAS 1.. THOMAS (iij, b. Jan. !*:{. lS,j4; d. Nov. 25, 11SS4. 

He came to Platte City, and, with A. L. Smith, engaged in 
the drug business, lie m'd in Oct., 1877, Laverier John- 
son, dr. of l)v. F. ^I. Johnson, and a lady of varied accom- 
plishments, with beaut}', intelligxmce, and queenly dignity, 
Mr. Thomas was elected, in 1S82, treasurer of Platte 
County, and died in office. Cli: 

1. Valdcz Thomas, lives with his mother. 

III. :MARTIX THOMAS, lives in Kansas City. 

IV. JESSE THO^IAS, married, and lives in St. Joseph. 


Sept. 19 — David Gregg having been killed September 15, 18(>4. 
T. A. Gregg administered. Bond, |1,800, He was met in the 
road by a squad of Col. Jennison's men, and questioned upon his 
sympathies. He avowed his leaning to the South, and thereupon 
they shot him, and left him where he fell. He was an old and 
highly esteemed farmer. He married Nancy Adams, who died 
in 1876. Ch: 

I. ELIZABETH GREGG, nrd J. B. Dean. (See.) 
II. SUSAN GREGG, b. Sept. 28, 182.'i; m'd Jan. 5, 1842, A. Jack- 
son Higgins, b. Dec. 29, 181G, in Coopersport, Howard Co.. 
Mo. ; d. April 1, 1895 Ch : 

1. W. Rilei/ Higqim. b. May 8, 184.3; died, single, Sept. 

14, 1895. 

2. ^^annic M. Hif/f/ins, b. Dec. IG, 1840; m'd Dec. 25. 1804, 

Josiah G. Lewis. Ch: [''] Ellen Lewis, b. Oct. 9, 
1805; m'd March 1. 1888. a Staggs. Ch: [1] Den- 
nis Staggs, b. in 1890. [^] Minnie Lewis, b, March 
10, 1872 ; [c] Lena, b. June 1, 1884. 

3. David B. Eiqqms, b. Dee. 4, 1850; m'd Feb. 7, 1878, 

Sarah M. Noland, dr. of Obed C. Oh: [«] And. J. 
Higgins, b. Jan. 17, 1879 ; [^^^ Myrtle Higgins, b. Nov. 
14, 1880. 

4. Pauline (Lena) EUmins, b. Dec. G, 1853; m'd Sept. 30, 

1877, William Dearing; no children. 

5. Minerva Hifff/ins, m'd James Strang, d. in Feb., 1882. 

He was a justice of the peace and a man of local dis- 
tinction. Ch: [«] Kate Strang, m'd Thomas Dear- 
ing, son of Burket; ['^J David G. Strang-, m'd March 
23, 1880, Leoi'a Hoy (see); [c] Lizzie Strang, b. Nov. 
25, 1857; d. Dec. 28, 1893; m'd Dec. 25, 1870, James D. 
Jacks, son of Sidney; 5 childi-en; [^^] Henrietta 
Strang, m'd a Truman, and died, leaving children. 
Mrs. Min(n'va Strang m'd 2d. Aug. 8. 1809. John S. Crane. 
HL FRANKLIN GRECG, married, and was father of: 

1. Chas. (Ireqfi. 
l\. THOMAS A. GREGG, b. in Clay Dec. 10, 1831; m'd Feb 25, 
1858, Cordelia Lewis. He went to Buchanan in 1804. re- 

1864, SEPT. 380 THE GREGGS. 

turned in 1870, went to New Market in 1879 and opened a 
store, went to Tracy, and thence to Parkville, and finally 
returned to his. farm in Pettis Township. Ch : 

1. William Lee Gregg, b. Dec. 24, 18(31; ni'd Emma Moore, 

of De Kalb Co., Mo. Ch: [«] Otto Gregg; [b] Jeph- 
tha T. Gregg. 

2. Ida A. Gregg. 3. Nannie 21 ay Gregg. 
4. Thos. E. Gregg. 

Y. ABASLOM GREGG, m'd Mahala Robbins. Ch: 
1. John Gregg. 
VI. MARY F. GREGG, m'd Feb. 6, 1860, John H. Nash. He died 
May 12, 1884. Mr. Nash was a successful business man of 
Parkville, and highly esteemed He was elected assessor 
in November, 1882, as a Democrat, without opposition. 
Children : 

1. Florenee Nash, m'd Charles Galbraith ; 3 children. 

2. Fannie Nash, m'd Sept. 8, 1.874, Dr. S. F. Carpenter, of 

St. Joseph. Ch: [«^] Annie Carpenter. 

3. Katie Nash, m'd Robert Hubbard. Ch: [«] Robert; 

['J] Maud Hubbard; [c] Charles. 

4. William Nash, m'd Bertie Brightwell, dr. of R. T. 


5. Lizzie Nash, d. Feb. 26, 1895; m'd Hall Gilcrist. Ch: 

[«] Fjank. 

6. Belle Nash. 7. Stella Nash, m'd Harvey Edgar. 
8. Arthur. 

NU. JOHN GREGG, m'd Maria Johnson. (See.) 
YHI. MARGARET GREGG, m'd Herman Ford, son of Samuel. 

1. Nannie Ford. 2. Waller. 3. Samuel. 4. Laura. 
5. Bessie. 
IX. REBECCA GREGG, m'd Edwin Edgar. Ch: 
1. Harry Edgar. 
Samuel Hardwicke's mother was a sister of David Gregg. 

Sept. 23 — The threatened draft creates alarm. A. G. Beller 
has in the Border Times a splendid poem, entitled "Peace at Any 

Sept. 21 — Twenty-one Federal soldiers are taken by Bill 
Anderson and shot. 


Get. 1 — A Republican Congressional Convention at Hamil- 
ton norninntesR. T. Yan Hoi'n, of Kansas City. 

Abundant rain after a drouth. 

Oct. 3 — A Democratic Oonvention at Platte City nominates: 
AY. T. Woods for sheriff. James H. Layton for county judge, G. TY 
Belt for circuit clerk, D. P. I>ewis for county clerk, M. C. Bonnell 
for treasurer, John Wilson and D. D. Burnes for representatives, 

1864, OCT. 381 THE CONDITION. 

and Thomas W. Davis and II. M. Alh'i- foi- delegates to the Con- 
stitutional Convention. 

The Confedei-at<' (Jen. S. I'rice, with a strong force, is neai- 
Jefferson City. 

Oct. ') — Thos. Price, Democratic candidate for governor, 
speaks at Weston. 


The condition of the county is deplorable: business is sus- 
pended, stores are closed, we have to go to LeaveuAvorth for daily 
supplies, and men apprehend confiscation, banishment, or the 

Oct. 7 — E. H. Norton having been nominated for Congress, at 
the Democratic Convention at Richmond, the Border Times 
charges him with disloyalty, saying: "When treason had its 
clutches on the nation's throat. Judge Norton voted against the 
necessary supplies.'' 


Oct. IS — A. Y. Baldwin died four miles west of Platte City. 
He was born in South Carolina November 30, 1812; came to Mis- 
souri, and married, February 23, 1840, Sarah Beatty, daughter of 
Joseph; came to Platte in 1844. He was a gentleman of intelli- 
gence, and a decided friend of the South. Mrs. Baldwin still lives 
on the old family f ann. Ch : 

I. LOUISA J. BALDWIN, m'd Dec. 1. 1865, Israel Heath, who 
d. Jan. 13, 1888. Ch: 

1. WiUiam Heath. 2. James. 3. Ella. 4. George. 
n. LUCINDA, m'd Oct. 22, 1881, W. H. H. Reeves. 

Y. SARAH BALDWIN, m'd Nov. 1, 1874, Samuel Cummings. 

Oct. 24 — James Griffith having died, Thos. Grifflth adminis- 
tered. Bond, 11,000. 



For President (total)— Lincoln, 2,21«;.007 ; McClellau, 1 ,808,72.j. 

For President— McClellan, 882; Lincoln, 488, in Platte. 

For Governor— Thos. Price, 0(i0; Thos. Fletcher, 507. 

For Congressman — E. H. Norton, 908; R. T. Yan Horn, 455; 
A. A. King, 40. 

For a Constitutional Convention, 378; against, 820. 

For Delegate to the Convention — S. A. Gilbert, 849; H. J. 
Wolf, 550; W. A. Morion, 324; G. S. Park, 415; A. G. Beller, 407. 

1864, NOV. 382 THE HEATHS. 

For Representatives — John Wilson, 908; D. D. Burnes, 874; 
A. (Jr. Brown, 445; Thomas Quinn, 449. 

For Sheriff— W. T. Woods, 892; J. A. Price, 457. 
For OountY Judge— J. H. Layton, 925; J. B. Wright, 423. 
For Circuit Clerk— G. W. Belt, 1,029; D. W. Moore, 301. 
For County Clerk— D. P. Lewis, 915; J. M. Mulkey, 424. 
For Treasurer— M. C. Bonnell, 683; C. M. Boyd, 296. 
For Coroner— E. D. Cord, 680; W. A. White, 447. 
For Assessor — J. A. Stone, 910; M. Miles, 429. 

Public Administrator was not voted for, and W. M. Paxton 
held over. 

Xov. 4 — The Border Times advertises 69 sheriff sales. 
Platte County has sent 1,800 men to the Southern army. 
Clintoin Heath is appointed administrator of James Heath. 
Bond, 15,000. 


ISRAEL HEATH was the progenitor of the Platte County 
famih\ He lived in Cabell County, Va., and married Elizabeth 
Blue. He was a farmer and stone-masom. An earnest Methodist, 
he raised all his family in that faith. Three of his sons were 
preachers. He came to Platte in 1840. Ch : 

L JOHN HEATH, b. in Cabell Co., Va., Oct. 24, 1809; d. Nov. 
30, 1888; m'd May 12, 1833, Judith McComas. dr. of Moses 
McComas. They came west in 1840, and settled in the 
Missouri bottom, near Waldron. They then removed to 
the Brasfield prairie. His wife d. Jul}' 10, 1850, and March 
9, 1851, he m'd Susan Smoot, b. Feb. 16, 1815; d. Feb. 1, 
1892, He was a Methodist Episcopal minister, and an out- 
spoken Union man, as were all of the Heath name. Chil- 
dren by his first wife: 

1. Sarah Heath, b. June 26, 1834; m'd Feb. 22, 1854, Ezra 

Kerr (i), b. in Holmes Co., Ohio, Aug. 22, 1831, son of 
William Kerr and Elizabeth Dugan. He came to 
Platte in 1844, and settled five miles east of Platte 
City, where he still lives. Ch: [«] John, single; 
[^] Victoria Kerr, m'd Robert St. Clear, and died, 
leaving 1 child ; [c] Sarah Kerr, m'd March 12, 1885, 
Edward Fleming; .3 children; [f^] Ezra Kerr (ii), m'd 
:\rarch 5, 1SS4, Bertha J. Carter; [e] Waller Kerr; 
[f] Laura Kerr, m'd Feb. 25. 1883. a Powell; no chil- 
dren; [.''] Daniel Kerr; [''] Lucy Kerr. 

2. James Jackson Heath, ra^d Sept. 4, 1859, Eliza J. Frazier, 

dr. of Greorge. Ch: [«] Geo. W. Heath, m'd Dec. 
18, 1884, Elizabeth St. John, dr. of James; r&] Wil- 
liam Heath, b. Sept. 29. 1863; m'd Jan. 17, 1892, Mis- 
souri A. Cockrael, dr. of ^Martin; [c] Jackson Heath; 
[^'] Jennie; [^] Sarah: [/] Mary P.., m'd Warren H. 

1864, NOV. 383 THE HEATHS, 

Powers. Oh: [/] Norman Powers, [y] Sue Heath, 
m'd Feb. 14. 1.S84, (Jeo. W. Baber. Oh: [1] Chas. B. 
Baber; [2] Kobert Baber. [''] Lethe Heath; 
['] David L. Heath; [i] Oscar Heath. 
'A. (h'o. ir. Heath, b. .hiiR-. lil, 18:{!); lu'd Dee. i:{, 1860, 
Ah4ha Huii<;ei-iord, b. June 17, 1889. Ch: ["] Em- 
ma Heath, m'd a ZoUers; [^] John W., b. April 14, 
18G4; m'd March 2, 1891, Mary Lutes, b. Nov. 25, 
1808; [''] David Heath (ii); [d] Sallie Heath, m'd 
Oct. 19, 1894, Stephen H. Neff; [e] Effie Heath, m'd 
Aug. 27, 189G, Jo. M. Wright; [H Homer Heath. 

4. Lou-cm Heath, m'd Feb. 25, 180:1, John W. Wagle, b. 

June 29, 1829. Ch: [«] Mary Wagle, b. in 1809; 
[^] Henry C. Wagle b. in 1872. ^ 
John Heath (i) had bv his second wife, Susan Smoot: 

5. Martha Jane Heath, h. Nov. 8, 1858; m'd Feb. 14, 1892. 

Samuel Brunts, b. Sept. 10, 1850; no children. 
n. JAMES HEATH, m'd Chloe McComas, dr. of Moses. Ch: 

1. EUzaheth Heath, m'd Feb. 10, 1850, Wm. Langhlin; 

both dead. Ch: [«] Chas. H. Langhlin, m'd May 
15, 1879, Clara M. Freeland. 

2. Lue}f Heath, m'd William Malott. 

3. Sarah Heath, m'd Lst, March 18, 1858, Isaac Babcock. 

He d. in Dec, 1859, leaving: [«] Sarah Babcock, 
m'd Oct. 4, 1809, Samuel Z. Babcock; [&] Mary E. 
Babcock, m'd Thomas Porter; 9 children; [<^J Re- 
becca Babcock. Mrs. Sarah Babcock m'd 2d, W. H. 
Arnold, dead. Ch: ['^] W. H. Arnold (ii) ; [<?] Chas. 
C. Arnold. Mrs. Arnold still lives, a handsome and 
intelligent ladv. 

4. Man/ C. Heath, \n'd Dec. 8, 1805, Isaac W. Wilson. 

They went to California. 

5. Angeline Heath, b. Jan. 80, 1850; m'd June 18, 1807, 

James L. Cray. Ch: [«] Ceo. Gray, b. July 13, 
1873 ; [&] Fred H., b. July 24, 1880. Angeline Heath 
is the third wife of James L. Cray. He m'd 1st. 
July 4, 1852, Elizabeth Artmaii. and'^m'd 2d, Dec. 30, 
1855, Jane Zabrisky. He now lives in Leavenw^orth. 

0. Geo. W. Heath {n). 

7. Clinton Heath, m'd July 2, 1857, Susan M. Searcy; 8 

children. Live in California. 

8. Israel Heath, m'd Lou. J. Baldwin. (See.) 

IIL WILLIAM R. HEATH, m'd ^lary Turpin. He is a lawyer 
living in Howard Co., Mo., and w^as countv judge. Ch: 

1. EUa Heath, m'd Jan. 10, 1874, Hugh Collins. Ch: 

[a] Perry. 

2. James M. Heath. 

3. John C, m'd Cracie Barkman. Thev live in Howard 

Co., Mo. 

1864, NOV. 384 ROBERT SNELL. 

4. Luci/ J. HeatiK ni'd Feb. 18, 1868, Sanders MeComas, b. 

Jan. 2, 1811. She is a delicate, handsome, and spir- 
ited lady. Mr. McComas (see) held the office of 
postmaster at Platte City during Harrison's admin- 
istration. He is now trading in stock. During the 
war he was a firm supporter of the Union. Ch: 
[«] Ella (Tweety); [&] Lizzie; [c] Dolly McComas. 

5. Thomas J. Heath, m'd jS'ellie McCauley. Live in 

TV. DAVID M. HEATH, m'd 1st, Letha McComas, dead. Ch: 
1. Elisha Heath. 2. James. 3. WiUiam Heath. 
D. M. Heath m'd 2d, Oct. 5, 1847. Eliza J. Kerr, Ch: 
4. John Heath {m). 5. Sarah. G. Martha. 7. Sallie. 
8. Adeline. 
V. EICHARD HEATH, went to Texas and died. 
VI. STEPHEN P. HEATH, m'd 1st, Mary Kay. Ch: 

1. Wm. B. Heath, b. March 24, 1841; d. Aug. 1, 1895; m'd 

Nov. 20, 1865, A. E. Smith, dr. of Wash; dead. Ch: 
[^'] Homer; ['^] Mina; [''■] William. 

2. Jonas Heath, died single. 

3. John R., m'd Margaret Babcock; 1 child. 

4. Elizabeth Heath, m'd Feb. 25, 1863, Thomas Shackel- 

ford. Ch: [«] William, and 3 girls. 
Rev. S. P. Heath married, second, June 29, 1848. Martha 
J. Foster, daughter of Elijah Moore; no children. 

Xor. i-^-— General Sherman commences his march to the sea. 

Xov. 25 — Judge Heren commenced a long session of circuit 
court, and did much business. An immense amount of land was 
sold by the sheriff, for debts of Southern soldiers, and many farms 


Nov. 28 — Robert Snell having died, Manoah Miles adminis- 
tered. Bond, |10,000. He was a man of ability, with aspirations 
for popular favor. He was an active spirit in every public enter- 
prise, and managed his private affairs with discretion. He mar- 
ried thre^' times, but I cannot name his wives, nor distinguish 
their children. His widow was Lucy Ann. Ch: 

1. ROBERT SNELL (ii). m'd Sept. 17, 1876, Kate Jones. He 
died, leaving: 

1. Henrietta. She died, and her mother inhei'ited. 
II. CLAY SXELL, m'd Feb. 28. 1881, Mattie Stiff. September 
2, L881, he, on the fair grounds, stabbed Stephen New- 
man with a knife, killing him. For this oftense he was 
sentenced April 26, 1882, to the penitentiary for twenty 
years, but on account of sickness, he was pardoned, aud 
came home and died. He left: 
L Mai/ Snell ui'd Jan. 24. 1897, John Black. 
The widow manned John Reed. 

1864, NOV. 385 THE SNELLS. 

III. HENKlpyrTA {SNELL, ufd Chas. Chrisman, from whom 

she wiis separated. He iii'd 2d, Susan Spencer. 

IV. JOHN SXKLL, died, single. 

V. ALBERT SXKLL, was Kolx-it Snell's first cliild. He m'd 
DuUiuia Hunter, and died in 1881, childless. She lives 
in Mississippi, 


XIL JULIA SNELL, m'd Manoah Miles. They went to Illinois. 
He was an intelli<>ent and outspoken Union man, and, 
durin"' the war, was several times a candidate for office. 


IX. HENRY SNELL, lives in Leavenworth. A daughter m'd 
Chas. Gist and died in March, 189(;. 
X. HARRIET SNELL, m'd a Eant, and died, leaving: 

1. Harriet. 

After Fant's death, the widow m'd a Hord, and died, 

2. Maj'p Hard. 

Mrs. Lucy Ann Snell, widow of Robert Snell (i), marned 
August 28, 1806, Thomas Standiford <his second wife), and left one 
child, Thomas Standiford (ii). The Snells lived near Ridgely. 

Nov. 29 — The county court now" allows |200 bounty for re- 
cruits credited to Platte County, and R. V. C. AVilson is appointed 
commissioner of recruits. 


Dec. 1 — The year was remarkably unfavorable for corn, 
owing to the dry spring. Prices: Flour, |7 per 100; wheat, $2; 
corn, fl; potatoes, |2; eggs, 40 cents; coffee, 55 cents; sugar, 35 
cents; salt, |G. These high prices are owing, in part, to the depre- 
ciation of the currency a,nd to the war. 

Dec. 8 — J. (\ Greenawalt enrolled as an attorney. 

Dec. 10 — lianishment. A military order was promulgated 
for the banishment of all bushwhackers, and such as had been in 
the Southern army. 

Dec. 12 — >Maj. Hilliard, who has been in command at Weston, 
is ordered to join his regiment — the 16th Illinois cavalry. 

Dec. 13 — James Durbin enrolled as an attoirney. 

Dec. 20 — William C. Remingtoo died at Omaha, where he 
was keeping hotel. He was a son of 


and his wMfe, Catherine Powers, who wtM'o ])rogenitors of the fam- 
ily that came to Platte. Their ch: 
'l CARLTON RE^HNCTON, m'd a ^liss Rislev, and died at 
Fort Smith. Oh : 


1. 2Iari/ C. Remington, m'd March 5, 1862, John Adkins. 
He died, leaving: [«] Carlton Adkins; [&] Mary 
Adkins. The widow m'd 2d, a Carroll, of Leaven- 
n. ELIZABETH REMINGTON, b. Jan. 30, 1815; d. April 5, 
1878; m'd 1st, Isaac Horr, who died, leaving: 

1. Julia Hon; m'd Oct. 4, 1866, Thomas Cooper, b. Nov. 

15, 1840; 5 children. 
Mrs. Elizabeth Horr m'd 2d, June 7, 1855, Geo. W. Oro- 
barger, b. in 1801, in Tennessee; d. March 3, 1875, leaving, 
by his second wife, Elizabeth: 

2. Eugene Groharger, b. April 16, 1858. 

rn. WILLIAM C. REMINGTON, m'd Amanda Adkins. (See.) 
IV. STEPHEN REMINGTON, a dwarf, but a Master Mason. He 
is now in the county poor-house. 
V. MARY ANN REMINGTON, b. Nov. 28, 1824; d. March 30, 
1869 ; m'd Henry J. Freeland, a son of Judge John Freeland. 
He was a member of the mercantile house of Murray & 
Freeland, of Platte City, and in 1858 was elected county 
treasurer, over M. N. Owen, by a vote of 1,399 to 1,032. He 
was murdered Jan. 4, 1866. (See.) In a poem dedicated to 
his memory, I celebrate his energy and independence: 

He came, a blunt and awkward lad, 

Without a friend to aid him; 
And though in rustic homespun clad. 

Intelligence and courage swayed him. 
With nerve that knew no word like "t; A" — 

With motto: ''Onward, Ready" — 
His plans, of course, must all prevail — 

His rise be sure and steady. 

Their children: 

1. Alice Freeland, m'd April 7, 1868, J. B. Flannery. (See.) 

2. William Freeland. 

3. Ella C, m'd Frank Bloomfield, of California. 

4. John H. 

5. Clara, m'd May 15, 1879, Chas. Laughlin. (See.) 

6. Lizzie Freeland, m'd T. C. Dooly. Ch: [^'] Raymond. 

7. Frank R. Freeland, went to California. 

VIL :\L\RVIX REMINGTON, m'd Julia Leftwich. Live in 

VHL CALISTA REMINGTON, m'd James Adkins. (See.) 
Dec. SO — Missouri River frozen ovei'. 


Calvin and O. D. Allen, R. A. Austin, David and John Ander- 
som, Darius Baiubi-idge, Wm. P.arnett. JauK^s Bleeding, Jesse 
Bird. Alfrod P.rojidhnrst, D. S. Burnett, P. J. Burruss, John Cal- 
lennan, Tlionias F. Cnmpliell. R. N. Cotfey. C. W. roUctf. S. W. 

1864, DEC. 387 MARRIAGES. 

Cope, James J. Dauiel, J. C. C. Davis, P. K. Dibble, Charles G. 
Dick, Joseph Devliu, W. E. Dockery, E. S. Dullu, J. J. Felts, H. 
Fisch, I. G. Fackler, J. W. Foley, W. S. Gunn, T. P. Haley, D. M. 
Heath, John Heath, S. P. Heath, A. E. Higgerson, C. B. Hodges, 
F. E. Holemaii, Thomas Hurst, A. U. Jones, R. H. Jordan, Isaac 
Kelso, John Knight, Moses E. Lard, J. W. Lewis, S. J. Lowe, 
F. M. Miller, W. G. Miller, G. L. Moad, James Morgan, K. C. Mor- 
ton, E. L Owen, Aug. Payne Daniel Penny, William Perkins, H. 
Pritchett, J. C. Riley, Nicholas Roberts, W. H. Raxton, Robert 
Scott, D. R. Shackelford, E. B. Sherwood, Pres. Simpsou, James 
O. Starks, F. Starr, T. J. Starr, John Stone, W. A. Tarwater, J. W. 
Thomas, W. H. Thomas, S. S. Trice, P>. Waller, J. W. Waller, Thos. 
Waller, Thomas Whitlock, J. F. ^Villiams, M. F. Williams, J. S. 
Wilson, G. S. Woodward, J. J. Wyatt. 


January 2S — Lit. Witt married Sarah Bruton. 
March 15 — lohn Patton maried Elizabeth J. Lewis. 
June 5 — William A. Marshall married Luc. McClain. 
November :> — ^Sani H. Pepper married Eliza Jones. 



Governor, Thomas Fletcher; Congressman, R. T. Van Horn; 
Senator, John Doniphan; Reppesentatives, D. D. Burnes and John 
Wilson; Circuit Judge, J. W. Heren; Circuit Attorney, J. C. Par- 
ker; County Treasurer, M. 0. Bonnell ; Coroner, E. D. Cord; Circuit 
Clerk, G. W. Belt; Probate Judge, S, A. Gilbert; County Justice, 
J. H. Layton; County Clerk, D. P. Lewis; County Attorney, John 
Wilson; Sheriff, W. T. Woods; Assessor, J. A. Stone; Public 
Administrator, W. M. Paxton. 


Bacon, hams, 25 cents; butter, 35 cents; coffee, 35 cents; corn, 
t)0 cents; eggs, 35 cents; flour, |7; hemp, flOO; potatoes, 90 
cents; sugar, 25 cents. 


At Platte City: Attorneys — Baker, Boyd, Clark, Greenawalt. 
Harrington, Herndon,Hollingsworth, Merryman, Norton, Paxton, 
J. Wilson, R. P. C. Wilson, W. H. Woodson. 

Physicians — Baldwin, rallahan, Guthrie, Johnson, McDon- 
ald, Moad, Redman, Rixey, Smith. 

1865, JAN. 388 BUSINESS MEN. 

Merchants, etc. — Burge,Preeland, Holt, Jenkins (postmaster), 
Likin«, McKinnis, Mason & Swain, Murray, Miilliey, Young, Zara, 

Lodge— Neb. 12, J. Zarn, N. G. 

At Weston: Attorneys — Burnes, Carroll, Doniphan, Durbin, 
Fulton, Gilbert, Hitt, King, Lawson. 

Physicians — Allison, Beaumont, Bonifant, Bowlby, Price, 

Merchants, etc. — Barnihart, Basye, Bell, Blanjour (post- 
master), Brlggs, Brown & Bros.. Carpenter, Cockrill, Blackmore & 
McCluer, Deckleman, Deitz, Doppler, Ellifrit, B. F, Freeland 
Gedultig, Gerner «& Frank, Hall, Heriot, Ilkenhans, Johnson 
Kaufman, Kurtz, Kyle & Keller, McConnell, Magers, Matheny 
Mettier, Mitchell, Nagle & Roney, Newhouse, Noble, Ogden, Oli 
phant, Eailey & Bro., Schindler, Steubenraugh, Rogers & Wood 
ring. Tollman, Warner, Winzer, Wood, Woods & Story, Yocom 

Weston Court of Common Pleas — Wolf, judge; Yocom 
clerk; Roney, marshal. 

Newspaper — Border Times, A. G, Beller editor. 

Platte Sayings Institute — Warner cashier. 

Lodges — Phoenix, G. M. Doppler, N. G.; Frontier Encamp- 
ment, J. A. Price, C. P. 

Mayor — A. G. Beller. 

Preachers — O. C. Steele and P. K. Dibble (Christian), E. B. 
Sherwood (Presbrterian), Isaac Hill (Methodist Episcopal), Elder 
Bird (Baptist). 

At ParkriUe: Bueneman (postmaster), Campbell, Kahm, 
McDonald, Dr. Moore, Park. Ringo, Summers. 

At Camden Point: Coffey. Hale (postmaster). 

At Farley: Holt, Meads, Simpson, Heath. 

At Neic Market: Armstrong, Bishop, Miller, Tufts. 

At Ridgeh/: Chrisman, Gustin. 



Jan. 1 — Throughout the winter of 1864-5, enlistments in the 
United States army were pressed. R. P. C. Wilson, as county 
agent, in addition to the regular bounty, offered |U00 for each 
recruit credited to the county, and .f24,000 was paid out. W. 
H. Roney, at Weston, was deputy proyost-marshal, under A. 
Comingo, and corrected the enrollments made by Maj, Hinkle. 
The apprehensions of a draft caused alarm, but no draft was ever 
made. i , !i ^i 

Jan. 2 — Tax leyied on whisky, $2 per gallon. 

Capt. McElroy, of the ?A Missouri State ^lilitia, is in com- 
mand at Weston, succeeding Maj. Hilliard. 

Jan. 19 — Jas. M. Mulkey rents the Green House, at Platte 
City, at i^l80. 

1865, JAN^ ^89 THE QUOTA. 

Jan. 20 — Beller takes full cliarge of the Bonier Times, and 
Howard starts the Lamhnark in a few months. 

Jan. 26 — A public meeting at Platte City, A. G. Brown, chair- 
man, started a subscription for money to be added to the bounty 

now otlered by the county for recruits. 

The hrst public meeting of freedmen was held at Weston, and 
several enthusiastic addresses nuide by whites. 

Capt. Manoah Miles is a])j)ointed supervisor of registration. 



Feb. 1 — There is now due from the several townships as fol- 
lows : Weston Township, 20 men ; Preston and Carroll, :iO ; Pettis 
and Lee, 55; Marshall and Green, .39; making 150 men due from 
the county. 

Deputy Provost-Marshal Roney gives notice that the county is 
in default, and encourages enlistments by showing the amount of 
bounties offered. 

Capt. Kemper is provost-marshal, with head(iuarters at 

Feb. 6 — The State Constitutional Convention abolish slavery. 

Feb. 13 — The Legislature, almost unanimously, ratify the 
constitutional amendment abolishing slavery. Representative 
John Wilson spoke and voted against it, but Representative D. D. 
Burnes voted for it. 

Feb. 18 — The old national flag again floats over Ft. Sumter. 
Charleston burned. 

A marauding party robs the houses of Alfred Jack, E. C. 
Cockrill, and others, near Camden Point. 

Capt. Mays, recruiting for the 51st Missouri Infantry, offers 
|350 bounty for 12-months men. 

A lodge of Good Templars is organized at Weston with 10 
members, and Col. Fielding Burnes, W. P. 

Feb. 20 — Judge Layton sends a commissioner to Jefferson 
City, to see what can be done to avert the draft, but nothing is 

The Legislature adjourns, having restored the Weston & A. 
Railroad to its original stockholders, and having provided for the 
completion of the railroad from Kansas City to Weston. They 
also helped the Pacific Raih'oad to reach Kansas City. They 
adjourned until November to complete the revision of the 


March 3 — The Border Times Company is re-organized, with 

1865, MARCH. 390 THE NOLANDS. 

James N. Burnes president, H. M, Aller vice-president, and Jacob 
Hamm treasurer. N. J. Alexander, Thomas Qninn and J. B. 
\Triglit were made directors, and A. G. Beller editor. 

The President of the United States revokes the order for the 
collection of forfeited bonds of the disloyal. 

March 5 — The Platte Savings Institution organizing at Wes- 
ton, under the law of February 15, 1860, The stockholders of the 
Weston branch of Mechanics' Bank determine to wind up busi- 
ness, and James N. Burnes buys their unavailable assets. 

March 7 — Obed Noland having died, D. Fleming administers. 
Bond, |5,000. We will here set in order the 


Five children of Harvey Noland, of Estill County, Ky., to-wit: 
Maj. Joshua Noland, Nicholas Noland, Obed (i), Henry, and Betsy 
Noland. came to Platte County, Mo., in 1837, and settled north of 
Parkville. The family is large, and one of them may be found on 
every hill in the neighborhood. We will take first 


He married, first, Sarah McKinnev. Their children: 
L WILLLIM NOLAND, m'd Mary F. Anders, dr. of Elias. 
Children : 

1. James A. ISioland. 
H. JAMES M. NOLAND (Captain). (See.) 
in. OEORGE W. NOLAND (Judge). (See.) 
IV. JOSHUA R NOLAND (Captain). (See.) 
V. NICHOLAS F. NOLAND, m'd Sarah Reynolds, dr. of John. 
Children : 

1. Laura Noland. 
VL JOHN W. NOLAND, m'd May 19, 1861, :\Iary E. Malott. Ch : 

1. William. 
VIL OBED C. NOLAND, b. in Lafayette Co., Mo., April 17, 1886; 
m'd Oct. 31, 1855, Elizabeth F. Higgins, dr. of John. He 
possesses intelligence and enterprise, and is a successful 
farmer. Ch: 

1 . Mary J. Noland m'd John D. Patrick. Ch : [«] Gray 

son; [^] a boy. 

2. (^arah M. Noland, m'd David G. Higgins. Ch: 

[«] Jerry; ['>] IMyrtle. 

3. Martha J. Noland. m'd Aug. 9. 1879, Joshua R. Noland. 


4. John H. Noland. m'd Jan. 21. 1886. :\rartha J. Brink. 

Ch: ["] R. B. Noland. 
."). Win. B. Noland, m'd Julia Jackson. 6. Harmon G. 
7. Ihif/hB. 8. Henry C. 9. TollieM. 


H«* UKiii'ied a Mauu. Their children: 
L JOHN NOF.AND, ui'd Zilpah Garges. (See.) 

1865, MARCH. 391 THE NOLANDS. 

11. ARENA NOLAND, m'd ^rattliias Fickle. Cli: 

1. Fannie Fickle, ui'd AN'iii. ISovdston, son of Jacob. 

2. AiHOiida Fickle. m\\ 'iiU-k>i(mliexno\(lK Ch: [«] Chas. 

Kc'\ Holds; [''] Sarah F.: ['^Mat.; ['/] Walter. 

3. ^Jat thins Fickle, m'd Alice Ci-ain, dr. of -lobn S. (See.j 

III. MIRIAM NOLANl). m'd .lames Garges. 

IV. OBED NOLAND, m'd 1st, July 30. 1842, Eliza Gray, who 

was the mother of bis children. He m'd 2d, May 19, 1861, 
Mrs. Elizabeth (Gray) Medley, sister of his first wife. Sbe 
survived him. and m'd Oct. 14. 1870. Edward T. Perkins, 
Children of O. Noland and Eliza. (Tabitha) Gray: 

1. America Xoland, m'd Littleberrv Higgins. Ch: 

["] Elizabeth Higgins, m'd April 29, 1884, Perry 
Navlor. Ch: [1] Clara Naylor; [2] Maggie; 
[-3]'Ethel; [^>] Maggie Higgins; [f] Alice; [<*] Zack; 
[c] Hester; [/"] James. 

2. James A. Xoland. m'd June 1, 1871. Marv J. Brown, dr. 

of Lee Brown. Ch: [«] Amelia (Melie); [?>] Obed 
L.; [c] Maud; [^H Daisy. 

3. John W. Noland m'd Dec. 28. 187G. Sarah Alice De- 

moss, dr. of Lewis. She was b. Mav 23, 1855, and 
died childless. He m'd 2d, Jan. 11, 1894, Serilda J. 
Xoland, dr. of Rufus. 
V. GEORGE W. XOLAND, m'd Nov. 12, 1877, Ida D. Noland, 
dr. of Judge G. W. Ch: 
1. Lt/da Xoland. 
VL THO:MA's noland, m'd Ella Williams, dr. of John. 
VIL SARAH E. NOLAND. m'd July 25, 1880. Tbos. Brown, son 

of Lee. 
VIIL JULIA A. NOLAND. b. in 1827; m'd Dec. 15. 1846. Absalom 
H. Brink, b. Aug. 14. 1825; d. Nov. 3. 1894. son of John 
Brink and Nancy Winn. Ch : 

1. Elenora, b. June 7. 1849; m'd Fmnklin Higgins. 

2. Aurora Brink, m'd Littleberrv Higgins. (See.) 

3. William H. Brink, b. Oct. 5,"l854: m'd Oct. 21. 1870, 

Mollie Jameson. They live in Livingston Co., Mo. 

4. Beekie Brink, m'd John Summit. 

5. Hannah (Hattie) Brink, m'd Demas Jewett. (See.) 

6. Xanci/ Gladys Brink, m'd Grant Babcock. (See.) 

7. Jackson W.' Brink, m'd A])ril 18. 1894. Ella M. Carpen- 

ter, of Kansas. 

8. Cora Belle Brink .m'd Dec. 24. 1891. Geo. Cleveland. 
IX. WILLIAM H. NOLAND. b. in 1855; d. Jan. 7. 1895; m'd June 

1, 1854. Lucinda Gray; no children. 

He died in January, 1845, in Platte. 


He lived a while in Platte, and returned to Kentucky. 



She married Obe T. Tincher, son of Jack. 

The Missouri River has been closed all winter, and yet we 
have had few depredations. The end of the war is in sight. 

March 10 — Capt. Charles Guenther gives notice to all white 
and colored male citizens, to present themselves for enrollment 
in the State Militia, under a penalty of |20. 

Gren. Fisk's headquarters for this district are now at Macon. 

March 17 — The State is now quiet, and no enemy is within 
its borders. It is advised that military law be removed, and the 
State henceforth be in the control of civil authorities. Gold has 
fallen to |1.40, and peace is near. 


March 20 — A scheme is on foot to make the county not only 
pay the bonds already issued to this defunct road, but so to revive 
the corporation as to demand that the remaining |75,000 sub- 
scribed to the road by the county be issued and paid. Therefore 
James Durbin, secretary of the company, gives notice that all 
subscriptions of stock must be paid forthwith. 


The Platte Savings Institution is organized. J. N. Burnes, 
having bought of the Weston branch of the Mechanics' Bank its 
suspended debts, turned them over to the new institution, and 
business commenced at Weston, with J. E. Merrj^man, Clinton 
Cockrill, A. L. Pen'in, George Gabbert, and J. N. Burnes as direc- 
tors, and T. F. Warner as cashier. Shares were fixed at |50 each; 
and the stockholders and their shares were as follows: J. C. 
Basve, 3; F. Belt, 20; Mary Blanjour, 20; H. Brill, 8; A. G. 
Brown, 10; D. D. Burnes, 58; J. N. Burnes, 60; C. Cockrill, 100; 
G.W. Field, 22; Jacob Frank, 18; Geo. Gabbert, 20; W. and Paul 
Gabbert, 20 ; A. M. Georgens, 8 ; Phil. Gerner, 48 ; M. Harrington 
10; S. Johnston, 10; Aug. Kurts, 8; H. M. McFariand, 20; J. E 
Merrvman, 100; Lewis Miller, 16; D. W. Moore, 16; Jos. Newer 
20; N. D. Ogden, 10; W. M. Paxton, 8; L. W. Pence, 2; A. L. Per 
rin, 80; A. Perrin, Jr., 2; W. F. Perrin, 40; Thomas Quinn, 20 
W. A. Singleton, 22; W. C. Wells, 4; T. F. Warner, 5. All sum 
ming up 41,000. 


April 1 — Jacob Deitz elected mayor of Weston, and ■ 

Carney ma^or of Leavenworth. 

April 3 — Richmond, Virginia, evacuated. 

April n — Lee surrenders at Appomattox. Peace! 

Joseph Wrenn having died, James D. Jones administers. 

186 5, APRIL. 393 S. JOHNSTON. 

lliscliikli-(*u: 1, Jaiiu's Wivuii; '2, Auianda; 3, Nancy L; 4, Wil- 
liam; 5, Thomas; 6. Lewis. 

Ed. H. Bowman having died, H. C, Bowman administers. 
Bond, 1200. 

The new State Constilulion adopted as a whole by the 

April iO— Lieut. A. B. Pollock succeeds Lieut. Bradley, as 
pi'ovost-marshal at Weston. 

The Carpenter building in Weston burned. 

April l-'i — President Lincoln assassinated. On the 18th 
memorial services at Platte City and Weston. The Border Times 
of the 21st is in mourning. 


April 25 — Stephen Johnston (i) died at his home, three miles 
east of Platte City. He was born in Ohio July 0, 1815 ; came west 
in 1838, and, with James H. Johnston (not related), opened a gen- 
eral store at Martinsville. They moved over to Platte City in the 
spring of 1840. They prospered, and in a few years divided large 
profits. Both invested in land, which was partitioned among 
their heirs. Stephen Johnston went to Omaha, and returned 
shortly before his death. A Northern man by birth, he espoused 
the LTnion cause during the war. He was tall and handsome in per- 
son, and exceedingly agreeable in his manners. He married, 
June 6, 1844, Malinda D. Clark, a sister of Mrs. John Wilson 
and of R. P. Clark. She died July 24, 1851, having been born in 
Boonville, Mo., August 17. 1824. She left: 

I. WILLIAM JOHNSTON, went west. 
n. R. P. C. JOHNSTON, d. Jan. 2, 1895; m'd Mary E. Chiles, dr. 
of Judge W. P. He studied medicine; bought, in 1873, the 
drug store of Jenkins &"Oo., in Platte City; subsequently 
removed to Dearborn. Be was saved from the ruin of iu- 
tem]>erance by the Keeley cure, and devoted the remainder 
of his life to saving others, by the remedy that he found 
efficacious in his own case. He left a widow and several 

IIL STEPHEN JOHNSTON (ii), b. June 6, 1851; m'd 1st, July 
25, 1877. Ida :\r. Clav, b. Nov. 3, 1857; d. Nov. 30, 1881. dr. 
of Thomas Clay. He m'd 2d, Feb. 3, 1880, :Maggie Clay, 
his first wife's sister. Mr. Johnston is a well-educated 
gentleman, and an experienced merchant. He has pursued 
his calling in Edgerton. Platte City, and elsewhere. His 
first wife left two children : 

1. Mattie. 2. Thos. 77. C. Jolinston. 
Stephen .Tohnston (i) married second, April 10. 1853, Miss 

Georgia A. Boyd, daughter of Judge J. R. Boyd, of Tennessee. 

She was born Julv 9, 1834, and died October 5, 1878. in Kansas 

City. Ch: 


IV. CHAS. M. JOHNSTON, m'd 1st. May 1, 1879, Mary E. Burnes, 

b. Feb. 20, 1859; d. July 8, 1880, childless. She was a dr. 

of Col. Fielding Burnes, He m'd 2d, Dec. 8, 1886, Alice 

Morton, dr. of Ben R. (See.) 

V. J. B. JOHNSTON, VI. EMMA JOHNSTON, died voung. 

VI. MINNIE JOHNSTON, d. Jan. .30, 1883; m'd Oct. ll!! 1875, 

Mrs. Waller was a lovely woman, and highly esteemed. 

She left: 

1. Geo. H. Waller. 2. Laverda. 3. MacMine. 
Fountain L. married, second, Olivia George, of Clinton 
County; she died February 18, 1896. 

April 28 — R. H. Cohen is publishing, in the Border Times, 
some original poems of merit. 

Property in Weston advancing. 



Warrants drawn 1-34,783.29 

Revenue collected 13,739.12 

Overdrawn |21,044.17 

Lew — State, 40 cents; military, 20 cents; county, 50 cents; 
total, $1.10; poll, |2. 

Expenditures in Detail. 

Bounties paid recruits |24,900.00 

Poor 1,168.00 

Criminal costs 3,990.00 

Printing 31.00 

Countv Clerk (Lewis) 1,609.00 

Countv Treasurer 1,100.00 

Assessor (Stone) 187.00 

County Attorney (J. Wilson) 150.00 

Countv Judge (Lavton) 210.00 

Sundries ' 1,438.29 

Total .1.34,783.20 

Assessment: lands, |2,733,490; personaltv. .f 723,304; total, 


Maif 1 — Tender the Vacating Oi'dinance, passed by the conven- 
tion. .Judge .Tames Lavton is succeeded bv H. M. Aller, as countv 
judge; W. T. Woods by N. P. Ogden, as sheriff; S. A. Gilbert by 
A. G. Beller, as probate judge; and I). P. Lewis, by D. W. Moore, 
as county clerk. G. W. i3elt is reappointed circuit clerk. 

Maij 3 — H. M. Aller takes his seat as sole judge of the county 

1865, MAY. 395 JOHN VENEMEN. 

foui't, in (lu* ]»l;ic<* of Lavtoii; ;uh1 J). W. Mooi-c as clerk, in tlie 
place of Lewis. The latter protests. 

Mayo — The Border Times has 61 sheriff sales. 

The work on the railroad from Kansas City to Weston 

John Veuenien died this month. He married in Ohio, and his 
first set of cliildren were: 
I. HP:NRY VENEMEN. m'd Huldah Yoeom. dr. of Simon. He 
was killed in the war, and she m'd 2d. Jan. 1, 1.SG5, Dan 
Leahy. (See.) 
n. TIMOTHY VENEMEN, m'd :\Ia^<iie Drake, in Ohio. 

Mr. John Venemen married, second, June 25, 1848, Sarah 
Goodman, and had: 

in. ELIZABETH VENEMEN, m'd John Glossner. 
VL SUSAN VENEMEN, m'd John Christ. VIL JOHN (ii). 

May 20 — W. J. Pnmphrey died near Camden Point. 


McHenry Pnmphrey li\ied in Nortli Carolina.. His son, 
Elijah H. Pnmphrey, born June 11, 1790, m'd Olive Wilson, born 
in Kentucky June 24, 1705. She was a dauffhter of Jonas Wilson, 
of Pulaski County. Two of their sons came to Platte, and settled 
east of Camden Point. 


'\;\'as born in Kentucky in 1820; died in Platte May 20, 1805: he 
married, first, February 20, 1840, Caroline Kincaid, and married, 
second, March 1, 180-3, Sarah A. Smith, who still lives. Ch: 
L GALEN B. PUMPHREY, m'd April 0, 1870, Delia J. Jeter, 
dr. of James T. 
IL ED. E. PUMPHREY, m'd Eva Gabbert. (See.) 
ITL OLLIE J. PUMPHREY, m'd Lee R. Carlton. 

Was born in January, 1829, in Graves County, Ky.; he married 
December 27, 1852, Marj^^aret (Joodman, born December 24, 1887, 
in Monroe County, Mo. Mr. I'nmphrey lived on a farm east of 
Camden until about 1889. when he removed to St. Joseph, where 
he died. He was a Baptist of strono- faith and exemplary de- 
portment. Ch : 

L ELIJAH H. PU:MI»HREY. m'd A])ril 10. 1878. Ann Ducate; 
2 children. 
IL JOSEI»H H. PUMPHREY, b. ]May 2. 18.50: m'd April 9, 1877, 
Susan Sherwood: 1 child. 
in. JAMES M. PUMPHREY, m'd Feb. 15, 1882, Minnie Phillips. 
IV. ANNIE D. PUMPHREY, m'd Mav 15, 1878, J. M. Butt; 1 

1865, MAY. 396 THE PUMPHREYS. 


Mr. Joshua H. W. Pumplirey removed to Rockcastle County, 
Ky., in 1831; thence, in 1839, to Clark County, Ky.; to Garrard 
County, Ky., in 1842, and to Platte in 1811, landing at Weston 
April 27th.' 

May 22 — Hon. C. P. Johnson spoke to a large audience in the 
Baptist church. Platte City, against the new Constitution. 

May 27— Frank L. Miller shot by Hill, at New Market. 
Hill was indicted for murder, and, after six years' delay, plead 
guilty of murder in the second degree. He was sentenced to 
three years in the ]>enitentiary. He attempted suicide, but 
failed, and went to prison. 

May 29 — President Andrew Johnson issues a proclamation of 
general amnesty. 


June 6 — The new Constitution ratified by the people. 

County court appoints J. C. Greenawalt examiner of teachers. 

June 13 — The Missouri River had formed a bar in the port of 
Weston, but it is now so high that boats land at the wharf. 

June 20 — Lieut. Pollard, deputy provost-marshal, leaves Wes- 
ton, as his occupation is gone, 


Dr. Henry A. Overbeck died to-day. He was born in Bremen, 
Germany, April 3, 1803; came to America in 1820, and settled at 
Baltimore; he married May 22, 1827, Amelia C. Walz, born in 
New York February 30, 1808, and still living. Dr. Overbeck came 
first to Clay County, and thence, in 1843, to Platte, settling ou 
Bee Creek. He visited California, and lived five years in Oregon. 
He was a physician of experience and success. Ch : 

L ROSENNA M. OVERBECK, b. Sept. 19, 1829; m'd Oct. 23, 
184G, Peter E. Miller (son of Lewis), b. June 5, 182.5; d. Nov. 
14, 1888. Mr. Miller was a man of refinement and superior 
judgment. He died suddenly, while reading a newspajjer. 
His widow lives at the homestead. Ch : 

1. Andrew L. Miller, b. Oct. 31, 1847; m'd Oct. 31, 1872, 

Alice Harris, dr. of James H. INFr. Miller lives on a 
farm noi-th of Platte Citv, and deals in stock. Ch: 
[''] Edgar L., b. Oct. 2(>, 1874; ['J] Jas. H., b. Nov. .5. 

2. Awrlia Ella MUlrr, b. Nov. 19, 1854; m'd in March. 

1874, James P. Skinner. (See.) 

3. James W. Miller, b. Sept. 19, 1858: m'd Feb. 14, 1883, 

Anna E. Bywaters, dr. of John W. (See.) 


4. Hni !■:. Millri\ h. A]n-\\ S. 1S<;2; lu'd May 25, 1886, Alice 
Oldhain. dr. of F. M. Ch: ["] Clarontc. 
n. LrTIlEK \V. ()\E1|]5E('K. b. in Olav Anj^ust 5, 184;i: m'd 
1st, Dec. 19, 18G9, Lydia A. Kohcrtsoii ; she d. .Jan. 12, 1878. 

1. Chds. A. Onrbcck. 2. Win. h\ Onrhcck. X Carrlr L. 

4. GV'o. H. Orrrhcck. T). John V. 

Mr. Overbeck nfd 2d, Nov. 29. 1883. Mrs. Alice Dale, dr. 
of Michael Jl. (Jabbert. Mr. Overbeck is a successful 
farmer, and an urbane Christian gentleman. 

III. MARY A. OVERBECK, b. Jan. 27, 18.'ifi; living; m'd Thos. X. 

Clarke, d. in 1879. Ch : 

1. Burden Clarke, m'd Lizzie Dingev. 2. Asenath. 

a. TT'. 77., b. Feb. 27, 18fi.5 ; m'd ^Marv Kimsey, dr. of \V. H. 

4. Jaities T. Clarke. 

IV. AMELIA W. OVERRECK. m'd Oct. 29, 1874. Jos. H. Parrott. 


1. Henri/ H. Parrott. 2. Ella N. 3. Jos. 0. 
V. ANDREW H. OVERBECK, m'd Sarah Wilhite, dr. of 
Eliezer, Ch: 

1. Emma Overbeck. m'd March 18, 1875, J. L. Kennev, b. in 

Scott Co., Ky., August 21, 1853. Ch: ["] Jas. E. 
Kenney; [^] Henry L.; [f]LenaG.; [^^] Andrew L. 

2. Lizzie {Amelia), b. in Oregon, 1857; m'd in 1877, John 

B. Mundy, b. in Wyandotte Co.. Kansas, Sept. 2, 1851, 
son of Isaac. He was marshal of the Weston Court 
of Common Pleas in 1875, IT. S. store-keeper in 
1885-9, editor of the Landmark at Platte City in 1890, 
and of the Weston Journal in 1892. From disease 
he has lost a foot. His home is Weston. He is well 
educated, and a chaste and readv writer. Ch: 
["] Madge F. Mundv, b. April 14, 1880; [''] Emma B.. 
b. Jan. 5, 1890. 
VL HENRY OVERBECK, m'd Emilv ariflfin; 2 children. 
VIL LOU OVERBECK, m'd J. W. Fink. Live in Rav. 
VIIL W. J. OVERBECK. b. Mav 27, 1840; d. Dec. 31, 1894: m'd 
Oct. 3. 1872, ^fary E. (Dora) Stark, b. June 20, 1851. He 
was educated at Pleasant Ridge College, studied medicine 
with his father and at the Eclectic ^ledical School at Cin- 
cinnati; was elected sheriff of Platte County in 1880, re- 
elected in 1882, and was chosen collector in 1890-1. But, 
finding his health im])aired, he went to Colorado, hoping 
its health-giving atmos])here would help him; he r«^turn<Ml 
in 1894. without benefit, and died the last day of the year. 
Dr. Overbeck was a man of refinement. Nature had nuide 
him a gentleman. Mrs. Overbeclc was <^ducated at Camden 
Point, and jKissesses beauty, modesty, and amiability. Ch: 
1. Atulreu- P. Orerheck, b.Nov. 3, 1873; m'd April 24, 1895, 
^laggie Fry, 


2. John 7\, b. Nov. 17, 1874. 3. Harrij F. 4. J as. 8. 
IX. JOHN F. OVERBECK, single. 

Jime 23 — Discharged soldiers are returning, and there is 
demand for dwellings and farms to rent. De Havens' Circus at 
Platte City. 


July 1 — The new Constitution goes into effect. 

July 3 — Moses Langley having died, his widow, Eliza, admin- 
istered. Bond, 16,000. 

Jvly 4 — Grand celebration at Weston in Brill's pasture. 
Among those participating were H. M. Aller, Dr. Thos. Beaumont, 
W. S. Briggs, I. N. Burnes, Eld. J. Carson, W. S. Carroll, Clint. 
Cockrill, John Doniphan, T. J. Gedultig, J. W. Hardesty, T. J. 
Harper, Rev. W. M. Kain, Michael Kenney, Wm. Lamar, Aug. 
Newman, John Pace, Thos. Quinn, O. C. and J. W. Steele. There 
was great rejoicing for the return of peace. 

July 18 — Orton's Circus at Weston. 

July 22 — A pleasant picnic at Camden Point. 

July 2'f — Gov. Fletcher spoke at Weston. 


lug. 1 — Li a drunken affray in a saloon at Weston, a Mr. Shea 
was shot and severely wounded by Pat. Wheelan. 

A freedmen's picnic near Weston, addressed by A. G. Beller 
and Rev. W. M. Kain. 

Abundant rain. Wheat of good quality and yielding well. 


4^,Y/. 4 — All questions of title adjusted, and Prof. F. G. Gay- 
lord takes the Platte City Academy. 


The stockholders of the Platte County Agricultural and 
Mechanical Association met and reorganized, electing Andrew 
Tribble president, and H. M. Aller, D. D. Burnes, W. K. Faulconer, 
:M. Harrington, L. Hinkle, H. Jenkins, R. D. Johnston, Jesse Miller, 
and W. A. Singleton directors. 

Aug. 7 — S. A. Gilbert elected probate judge for four years. 

4,/r/. 9 — The (h'Ctti Eastern arrives at Heart's-Ease with the 
cable, and for the first time we have telegraphic connection with 

j^7/jy. 1,-) — Prof. G. W. Goodale purchases the Weston High 
School and takes supreme control of it. 

James Durbin removes from Weston to Platte City. 


Aug. ]8 — Board of emigration formed at Weston, composed of 
H. M. Aller, B. B(viiifant, nenrv P.rill, J. N, Bnrnes, Wm. Couno- 
way, John Donijdian. Adam Durkes. .lacob Ham, Levi Hinkle, 
Jas. Layton, H. Lamar, M. INIiles, D. W. ^loore, G. S. Park, W. M. 
Paxton, C. A. Perrv, W. F. Perrin, John l»ace, Thos. Quinn, J. W. 
Steele, F. M. Tiifts,'T. F. Warner, H. J. Wolf. 

.1;///. 2li — ^Picnic at tlio fair grounds. Wheat selling at f2. 
Large crops of apples and peaches, 


l^cpt. 1 — Joseph ^Inrphy is appointed commissioner of public 
buildings, and .$40,000 is appropriated for a court-house. Block 
24 is ])urchased by the county as a public square. Murphy adver- 
tises for plans and s{)ecifications. to be presented before Novem- 
ber .30th. 

Sept. .) — Circuit court. Judge Heren presiding. Attorneys 
are required to file affidavits of loyalty. There is much dissatis- 
faction, and .J. (1. Spratt leaves the State. Jurors also have to 
take the oath of loyalty. 

Sept. 22 — Work resumed on the Parkville & G. K. Railroa^d. 
It is only a blind to secure the payment of the bonds issued, and to 
secure the issuance of .f75,000 more. 

Grand Jury at the late term: A. G. Brown, J. H, Burt, J. H. 
Carson, Xoah Beery, Thomas Cook, John Davis, W. J. Fitzgerald, 
Thomas Hale, Jacob Hamm, Paul Jordan, John Lawrence, Henry 
Lamar, Burk IMcComas, J. W. M. Schooler, M. M. Nagle, Thomas 
Quinn, -Tohn Rohan, C. P. Summers. 

Sept. 28 — The first number of the Landmark issued by Harry 
How^ard, publisher, and C. L. Wheeler, editor. 


Oct. 1 — Cockrill, Blackmore & McCluer start a wholesale and 
retail grocery house in Weston. 

Oct. 7 — A large and enthusiastic meeting at Weston, to get 
the county seat removed to that place, with Dr. Thomas Beaumont 
chairman. Addresses were made bv Dr. Bowlbv, D. D. Burnes, 
and S. A. Gilbert. 

Oct. 11 — The county fair — three days. 

Oct. 20 — The Border Times and the Landmark are discussing 
the negro question. The former maintains their equality with 
whites before the law; the latter denies. 

Returning soldiers fill every vacant house. Reconstruction 
is the absorbing theme. 




Nor. 1 — William Ralston having died. D. J. Thorp is his ad- 
ministrator. Bond, $15,000. His will names his children: 

L SUSANNA, m'd Simpson Roach. Ch: 

1. William. 2. Jmse. 3. Dudley. 4. A daugMer. 
IL MARGARET, m'd Edward Roberts, d. in April, 1874. Ch: 

1. Sarah Jane Roberts, m'd Henry Henson; many children. 

2. John L. Roberts, m'd Lou Lamar. 

3. Missow'i, m'd Henry Azlein; d. vonng. 4. Thos. W. 

5. Ellen N. 

6. Julia A. Roberts, m'd Jan. IS, 1872, Jas. Hyatt. (See.) 

7. Geo. Roberts, m'd Annie Mitchell. 

8. Robert E., m'd 1st, Bettie Harris, and 2d, Nannie Scott. 

9. Katharine Roberts, dead. 10. Fannie, single. 

m. SEVILLA RALSTON, m'd Peter F. Roberts. Oh: 

1. Katharine Roberts, m'd Darins Patterson. 

2. Laura B. Roberts, m'd Sept. 4, 1881, David H. Tucker. 


Nov. 3 — George Sheely having died Oct. 27, 1865, J. M. Railey 
administered. Bond, |5,d00. Oh: 

- L FANNIE A. SHEELY, m'd Allen Wright. 
III. VIRGINIA L. SHEELY, m'd Jas. W. Wright. Ch : 

1. Anna W. Wright. 2. Hatiie, m'd Wm! Holliday. (See.) 

Dr. A. Bowlby spoke in Parkville, and formed an immigra- 
tion society, composed of Geo. S. Park, president, Paul Jordan, 
secretary, and the following members: A. G.^ Brown, M. Car- 
mody, John Davis, E. Earl, Phil. Groh, Levi Hinkle. F. Kahm, 
Eug! Keller, Dr. J. H. Lane, F. Luthy, Geo. C. Mitchell, Dr. F. B. 
Moore, John Morris, Joseph Simpson, C. P. Summers, Thomas J. 
Thomas. T. J. Wilson. 

Xov. o — Elder P. K. Dibble takes charge of the Camden Point 
Female Academy. 

James Durbin is appointed county surveyor. 


Xov. 6 — W. M. Paxton is appointed by the county court to 
examine the present poor-house farm, on the N. W. ^ of Sec. 24, 
T. 54, R. 34, and see what arrangements can be made to sell the 
same, and buy another near the center of the county. Paxton 
reported, November 27. 18(55, that he could sell to J. Woodward 
the old farm for .f2.10(), and could buy the S. W. \ of Sec. 2, T. 53, 
R. 35, for $3,000. TIk^ report was approved, and the sale and pur- 
chase made accordingly. 

1865, NOV. 401 HENRY DEISTER. 


Henrv Deister having diwl, H. F. Deister administered. He 
was a native of Germany, and came to the United States in 1845, 
and settled, in 1847, in Platte, below Parkville. He married in 
Germanv Theresa Hartje, and she died there. Oh: 

I. HEXRY F. DEISTER, b. in Germany Aug. 9, 1830; d. Dee. 
15, 1895; freighter on the Western j)lains; m'd in May, 1858, 
Margaret Hensen, dr. of Henry. Ch: 

1. Henri/ W. Dcistcr. 2. John Deister. 3. Albert Deister 
4. Frank Deister. 5. Joseph Deister. 6. Mary A. 
7. EUzahetli Deister. 8. Dora. 
II. JOHN 0. DEISTER. (See.) 

Nov. 8 — Murray & Freeland's store in Platte City robbed of 

Now 20 — William Newman (ii) died to-day. 


The Newmans are descended from Pe;si:on Newman (i), born 
in North Carolina, and removed to West Virginia; died in 1822; 
married Rebecca Reynolds, who died in March, 1870. Their son, 
William Newman (i), born in North Carolina in 1792, died Novem- 
ber 22, 1865; married in 1815 Elizabeth Ellington, daughter of 
David. She w\ns born in 1796, and died in 1869. T^\ey removed 
to Greenu]) County, Ky., and thence to Platte in 1838. 
Posteritv of William and Elizabeth Newman: 
I. FANNIE JANE NEWMAN, b. in 1816; d. in Platte, single 
n. PEYTON NEWMAN (ii), b. June 27, 1818, in West Vir- 
ginia; m'd Sept. 2, 1842, in Platte. Susan Woodward, b. 
Aj)ril 6, 1826, dr. of I^ance. Both yet live, and have cele- 
brated their golden wedding. He served in Capt. Chris- 
man's company of Winston's regiment of Confederates. 

1. Lance W. Neionan. an attorney, of Liberty, Mo. 

2. Pei/ton, a farmer. 

U. Frances E. Newman, m'd R. W. Fades, of Clinton. 1 
child: [<'] Mollie. 

4. Martha R. New in an. m'd Dec. 1. 1871, Jas. M. Reese. 

They live at Lathrop, Mo.; 7 children. 

5. Amanda Ncwukiik ui'd Feb. .3. 1876, Alex. Newby, of 


6. Alice Neirnian. n\\] S(^pt. 27. 1883, Daniel P. Hayden. 

7. Catherine Neiriiiaii. m'd Jan. 1, 1883, -Terome W. Harris. 

8. Aimed ia, d. in 1 878 ; m'd Z. :M. Barnett. Ch : ["] Mary 

R. Barnett; [''] Dovev Barnett; [^^J Pevton Barnett. 
b. Nov. 2, 1871; d. Jan. 14, 1897; m'd Nov. 16, 1896, 
Margaret Johnson; was a candidate for the Cumber- 
land Presbyt<Mian ministry, and at the time of his 
death was a student of theology at the I^banon 
(Ten nessee) Sem i na ry. 

1865, NOV. 402 THE NEWMANS. 

9, Stephen S. Neivma/ii, m'd in Sept., 1878, Bennie L. 
Creek. He was stabbed and killed Sept. 2, 1881, by 
Clay Snell (see), on the fair grounds. Ch: [«] Ste- 
phen R. Newman. 

10. Peyton 8. iSfeicman (iii), b. Jan. 17, 1864; m'd April 9, 

1885, Mattie K. Zirkle, b. in Virginia Nov. 23, 1865; 
came to Platte with her mother in 1881. and d. Mav 
27, 1891. 

11, Ceeilia y^eirman, d. Nov. 9, 1879. aged 20; m'd Dee. 18, 

1874, Ed. D. Duncan. 
III. DAVID D. NEWMAN, b. in Lawrence Co., Ky., Feb. 28, 1820; 
d. in Platte Sept. 8, 1892; m'd in March, 1843, Mary A. Dod- 
son, dr. of John and Nancy. He was a zealous Baptist, as 
were most of the Newman family, and enjoyed the esteem 
and confidence of all who knew him. Oh : 

1. Nmicy J. Newman, m'd Feb. 2, 1860, W. D. Standiford, 

b. Feb. 4, 1838. Live in Oskaloosa, Kansas; have no 
children now living. 

2. Elisabeth Yeicman, dead; m'd Robert H. Black, of 

Andrew Co., Mo. Ch: [«] Mollie Black; [^'J Ida; 
[c] Fannie. 

3. Susan J. Newman, m'd Isaac N. Moody, b. in 1849; d. 

Dec. 11, 1877; a merchant of Edgerton, a Mason and 
a gentleman highly esteemed for his virtues. Ch: 
[a] Thomas Moody; [&] Ethel, m'd July 28, 1896, 
Effle A. Donahoe; [«] Lulu Moody, m'd Sept. 2, 1896, 
Crede Benner. Mrs. Moody m'd 2d, July 11, 1880, 
Geo. W. Leeper. Ch: [^] Archie Leeper; [f] Em- 
met; [f] a girl. 

4. John Newman, m'd Dec. 18, 1872, Josie D. Elliott. Ch : 

["] James Newman; ['^] Jesse; [^] Schuyler; 
['^] Mary E. He is a wagon-maker at Edgerton. 

5. Erastus P. Newman, m'd Mollie Mitchell, of Atchison 

County, Kansas. Ch: [«] Herbert; [&] Maud; 
[c] Clarence. He is a car inspector for the C, R. I. 
Sc P. Railway. 

6. Jos. E. Newman, b. Feb. 15, 1853; m'd Nov. 10, 1875, 

Melvina Dick, dead, dr. of Whitley. Ch: ["] Sam- 
uel E.; ['^] Albert F. 

7. Cornelia Neirman. m'd Anderson ^litchell. Children: 

["] Vesta; [»] Lelia Mitchell ; ['^'J Everett. 

8. Martha Newman, m'd Feb. 25, 1873. Alfred Liggett, b. 

July 20, LS53. Mr. Liggett is highly regarded for in- 
telligence and integritv of character. Ch: [«] Hat- 
tie, b. Sept. 15, 1878;' ['^] Mattie, b. Mav 30, 1880; 
[f] Gertrude, b. June 7, 1884; [''] Ray Liggett, b. 
June 6, 1889. 

9. 2[. Aliee Newman, ui'd Dec. 29. 1887. David H. Dodson 

(cousin). Ch: [^] Edna Dodson. 

1865, NOV. 403 S. R. OFFUTT. 

10. \VilH(iiii 1'. Xviniiaii, iii'd .Ian. ii(>, 1888, Ollie Benson. 

Ch: [<'] Uattie. 

11. i^araJt {Fannie) Xewman, iii'd Sept. 5, 1878, John F 

Cox; no children. 

12. Theo. Lee Newman, ni'd Oct. 24, 1888, Nellie Jeuuiugs, 

dr. ofWni. Oh: [«] Robert; [&] Beulah. 
l.'{. Da lid B. Neivman, single. 
IV. ELIZABETH NEWMAN, nvd Jan. 4, 1855, Fountain P. 
Lott, of Clinton. 
y. WILLIAM R. NEWMAN, b. April 11, 1826; m'd Jan. 10, 1851. 
Martha A. Woodward, dr. of Lance. They live in Clinton 
County. Ch: 

1. Theo. Neicman, m'd Oct. 24, 1888, Hattie F. Jennings. 

2. Emily Xewnian, m'd Ed. Duncan, of Clay. 

3. EUenXewman, m'd a Woodward (second cousin). 

4. Price Xcwman, m'd a Rupe. 

5. William ./., m'd Nov. o, 1891, Lulu Black, b. Oct. 16, 


6. Mattheu- Xeionan. 

7. Henri/ Xewman, m'd Fannie Black, b. Aug. 16, 1875. 

8. Ale.i: Newman, single. 

9. Pleasant C. Newman, m'd Feb. 25, 1874, Nancy J. 

McOomas, b. June 19, 1856, dr. of Pemb. Ch: 
["] Nela. b. Julv 25, 1875; [&] Pembrook, b. Jan. 
2, 1877. 

Nov. 27 — John S. Yoconi having died, his widow, Altemira 
(n^e Bailey) Yocom, administered. Bond, |4,000. 


Samuel R. Oflfutt having died, his sons, Z. M. and Robert, 
administer. Bond, |15,000. He was a native of Virginia, re- 
moved to Bourbon County, Ky,, and thence, in 1848, to Platte. 
He possessed spirit and courage. He married Eliza Hayes, who 
died before him. Ch : 

L SAMUEL OFFT^TT (ii), went as a soldier to the Mexican 
War and never returned. 
TL NANCY JANE OFFUTT, m'd Edward Jones in Kentucky. 
Children : 

1. Samuel Jones. 2. Barravl-. 8. William. 
After the death of ^Ir. Jones, his widow m'd 2d, Samuel 
Haves, son of John. They removed to Texas, 
in. ZEDEKIAH OFFT'TT, came west with his father, but re- 
turned to Kentucky, and died. 
IV. ROBERT OFFUTT, "liv<'s in Ray (\)unty. and has a family. 
V. SARAH OFFUTT. m'd Thos. Walters; he died, and she m'd 
2d, D. A. Miller, and was divorced; 2 children by her first 
husband, none bv the second. 

1865. NOV. 404 PUBLIC SQUARE, 

VI. OTHO OFFUTT, b. in Kentucky Feb. 11, 1836; m'd Dec. 12, 
ISGG, Sarah Settle, d. July 1, 1884, dr. of John J. Oh: 
1. Jolm E. Offtitt. 2. Jesse. 3. Tirginia Offutt. 
4. Marp. 5. Otho Offutt (ii). 6. George. 7. /S^we Of wii. 
Mr. Otho Offutt (ij m'd 2d, Sept. 14, 1887, Elizabeth 
Hug'hes, dr. of John K. 
Vn. OEORGE OFFUTT, m'd Fannie Greer. Live in California. 
Vni. JAMES OFFUTT, lives in Pike County. 
IX. HENRY OFFUTT, m'd a Masterson. Live in Edgerton. 

X. ANTOXIA, single. Lives in Edgerton. 
XL VICTORIA, m'd July 10. 1870, Prior Pemberton. Live in 

XII. ALFRED OFFUTT, fell at Springfield in the Southern 

Nov. 30 — President elohnson, by proclamation, restores the 
supremacy of civil law, and the rights of habeas corpus, in Missouri 
and the Northern States. 


Dec. 2 — Star of the West Lodge of Good Templars reorgan- 
ized at Weston, with Col. James A. Price, W. C. T., and 40 


Dec. 4 — Jos. Murphy, commissioner of seat of justice, having 
been ordered by the county court to select a site for the proposed 
court-house and jail, reports Block 24, Platte City, with deeds 
made, in escrow, to the county, from the several owners of lots. 
These deeds are approved by Hon. John Wilson, county attorney, 
and are referred to Circuit Judge Heren, who sustains them. 
Thereupon, the county court locates the public buildings on Block 
24, and pays for it. 

Dec. 18 — The Thirteenth Amendment of the Ignited States 
Constitution, abolishing slavery, is declared ratified. 

The Border Times and the Landmark are at war. 

John Wilson's salary as county attorney is raised to |500. 


Collected, |3.804.43; expended, $1,838.50; paid on debt, |8.50; 
snri)lus, 11,11.5.93. 


Dec. 2-) — Jones Chreech died opposite Leavenworth. He was 
born in 1819; married Eliza Copeland. After his death, she mar- 
ried W. T. Hancock. (See.) Mr. Chreech was an enterprising 
man, and possessed several valuable tracts of land in the Missouri 
bottoms, which he allowed to be sold for debt, under execution, 
at much less than their value. Ch: 

1865, DEC. 405 OFFICERS. 

I. MARY ELLEN CHREEC J I , iii'd W. F. Olvis, b. in Platte Jan. 
8, 1840. His parents were .John Olvis and Adaline Cox. 

1. Mary Jane [Jennie) Olvis, m'd Feb. 24, 1897, J. Frank 


2. May. 3. Jas.Ed. 

IL SARAH JAXE CHREE(^H, m'd 1st, Sam'l Langley. 1 child: 

1. WilUani. 

Sarah J. in'd 2d, Dec. 29, 1875, John T. Cochrane. Ch: 

2. XrlUc. 

Sarah •!'. lu'd :*><1, Jacob Fnh-hcr. 
Children of John Olvis and Adaline Cox: 

1. Mary Jane, m'd John Copeland. (See.) 

2. kSarah Olvis, nvd Joel Copeland. (See.) 

3. TT^/». F. Olvis (above). 

4. Samuel Olvis, m'd Mary Leipard, and they have: 

[«] William Olvis; [^] Chas.; [c] Sam; ['^J^Ernest; 
['] Lee C. 



Governor, T. C. Fletcher; Congressman, R. T. ^^an Horn; 
State Senator, John Doniphan; Circuit Judge, W. Heren; Circuit 
Attorney, J. C. Parker; Assessor, J. W. Steele; Treasurer, R. Mat. 
Johnston; Coroner, E. D. Cord; Representatives, D. D. Burnes 
and John Wilson; Circuit ('lerk, G. W. Belt; Probate Judge, 
S. A. Gilbert; County Judge, H. M. Alter; County Clerk, D. W. 
Moore; Sheriff, N". P. Ogden; Surveyor, James Durbin; Public 
Administrator, W. M. Paxton. 


Bacon, ham, 2.5 cents; butter, 40 cents; coffee, 37 cents; 
eggs, 30 cents; Hour, .f7; hemp, flOO; hogs, .f8; sugar, 20 cents. 


At Platte City: Attorneys — H. A. B. Anderson, N. B. Ander- 
son, Baker, Boyd, Camijbell, Greenawalt, Herndon, Hollings- 
worth, Merryman, Norton, Paxton, Robertson, John Wilson, R. P. 
C. Wilson, Woodson. 

Physicians — Baldwin, Guthrie, Johnson, McDonald, Moad, 
Redman, Rixey, Smith. 

Merchants, etc. — P>ni'g(\ Colman, Hawley, Jenkins, Hunt, 
Keith, Kenny, Likins, Mason & Swain, Mulkey, Recht, Rice & 
Perry, Wilkinson, Young, Zarn. 


Agricultural and Mechanical Association— K. D. Johnston, 

Lodge— Neb. 12, J. A. Jackson, N. G. 

At Weston: Attorney's — Beller, Burnes, Carpenter, Doni- 
phan, Georgen, Gilbert, Hitt. Lawson, Scott, Watt, Wolf, Fulton. 

Physicians — Allison, Beaumont, Bonifant, Bowlby, Hale, 
Peters. Price, Shortridge. 

Merchants, etc. — Allen & Yocom. Barnhart, Basye, Bell, 
Blanjour (postmaster), Briggs, Brill, Brown, Carpenter, Oockrill, 
Blackmore & McCluer, Deckelman, Deitz, Doppler, Egstadt 
(stable), Ellefrit, Freeland, Gedultig, Gerner & Frank, Goodale, 
Hale & Calvert, Hall. Hardesty, Heriot, Hughes & Co., Ilkenhans, 
Johnson, Kaufman, Keller, Kurtz, Masterson, Matthews, Met- 
tier, Xagle & Roney, Newhouse. Xoble, Ogden, Oliphant, Quinn, 
Perry, Raileys. Rohring, Ringo, Schindler, Steubenraugh, Rogers, 
& Woodring, Termier & Winzer. Trollman, Warner, Wood, Woods 
& Story. 

Weston Court of Common Pleas — Wolf, judge; Yocom, clerk; 
Roney, marshal. 

Newspapers — Border Times, Beller editor; Lmulm<ir'k, Gil- 
bert editor. 

Lodges — Phoenix No. .30, G. Doppler, N. G. ; Frontier En- 
campment, No. 2, J. A. Price, C. P.; Star of the West, J. A. Price, 
W. C. T. 

Preachers — Batte (Episcopal), Sherwood (Presbyterian), 
Steele & Dibble (Christian), Hill (Methodist Episcopal). ' 

Bank — Platte Savings Institution — -Warner cashier; Railev 
& Bro. 

At ParhviUe: Bueneman fpostmaster), Carmody, Davis, 
Earl. Kahm, Dr. Lane, Luthy, Mitchell, Dr. Moore, Summers, 
Wilson, Park. 

At Camden: Dr. Coffey, Hale (postmaster). Elder Dibble 

At Farlei/: Carpenter, Holt, Meads, Heath. 

At Neiv Market: Armstrong, Cartwright, Singleton. 

At Ridf/eJy: Chrisman. Ellington, Gustin, Robinson, Hill P. 


Jan. ] — Splendid ice — 18 inches thick. 

Platte Savings Institution declare a dividend of 6 per cent 
for the past 6 months. 


Jan. .'/ — On the 4th instant H. J. Freeland, with his brothers, 
John W. and B. F., started to St. Louis, by way of Leavenworth 
and Wyandotte. A hack was hired at Leavenworth, and they 
proceeded on their way. Henry rode outside with the driver. 
When near Quindaro. they were attacked by robbers, who fired 
upon thorn. The brothers returned the fire and fled. Help was 

1866. JAN. 407 T. T. JONES. 

called and an examination made of the scene of the tragedy, but 
Hem-y was not found until the next morning. He liad found 
shelter in a neighboring farm-house, and was still living, though 
he died in a few hours. He had received three pistol wounds, and 
had been robbed of |70 and some nuggets of gold. But |20,000 
in his belt was not discovered. He was brought liome for burial. 
It was thought that one of the robbers was killed and borne off. 

Jan. 5 — A vast amount of real estate was sold for taxes, by 
Collector Ogden. Most of it was afterwards redeemed by the 
payment of double. The sales were all void at law. 

Jan. IJ/ — Rev. Frederick Starr, the Presbyterian preacher 
driven from Weston, at the time of the Kansas troubles in 1856, 
on account of his opposition to slavery, returns on a visit, and is 
kindly received and entertained. 

Jan. 17 — Elijah Cody, long a merchant of Weston, dies at 

Jan. 19 — Tlie bitter controversy between the Weston papers 
is exemplified hj the following paragraph from the Border Times: 
"The Irishman who does the jacl^ass articles for the Landmark 
has stolen the style of tlie Cairo Item for the publication of his 
conglomerated mass of nonsensical nothings, which he is pleased 
to call 'Brief Mention,' They are void of common sense, as they 
are prolific of brevity." 

Jan. 23 — The accepted plan and specifications for the pro- 
posed court-liouse and jail, prepared by Peter McDuff, are placed 
on file. 

The Federal law requiring lawyers and preachers to take the 
test oath is decided unconstitutional and void. 
Much excitement in Weston over ''ghosts." 
Fine sleighing. 

Jan. 26 — Manoah Miles appointed supervisor of registration. 

J. M. Mulkey retires, and White & Field take the Planters' 
(Green) House in Platte City. 


Feb. 5 — A two-foot snow, drifting in places to five feet. 


Feb. 6 — Thompson T. Jones died. His widow, Oirena (Adkins) 
Jones, administered. Bond, .f 1.5,000. He Avas w^ell educated 
and devoted several years to teaching. (See the "Jones Family.") 
He was tall and handsome and uncommonly urbane in his man- 
ner. To the day of his death, he was one of my choice friends 
and companions. 

Feb. 9 — The Border Times has Jesse Reno's poem "Moving," 
a harbinger of much verse and prose of second-rate quality. 

1866, FEB. 408 THE KIMSEY3. 


Feh. 12 — Thomas Kims€,y having died, W, H. Kinisey admin- 
isters. Bond, |7,000, He was a son of James Kimsej and Mary 
Croly, daughter of James, and was born in Tennessee in 1803. He 
married Martha Morris, daughter of Hammond Morris, of Ken- 
tucky. Thomas Kimsey was a large and dignified old gentleman, 
when I knew him, and highly esteemed as a useful citizen. Ch: 

I. MARY KIMSEY, b. Sept. 14, 1823 ; m'd John Johnson. Live 
in Tgx3..s 
n. WADE HAMPTON KIMSEY, b. in Howard Co., Mo., Sept. 
4, 1824, was a man of intelligence, a good writer, and a 
Baptist local preacher — kind-hearted and much beloved; 
m'd in 1849 Mary Ann Baber; she died Dec. 14, 1857, leaving : 

1. John T. Kimsey, b. Feb. 9, 1852; m'd Jose Blackwell. 

2. Wilford Kimsey, b. in 1856; m'd Jan. 6, 1892, Nannie J. 

Bradle}^, dr. of William. 
W. H. Kimsey m'd 2d, Elizabeth F. Lutes, dr. of Jos. ; 
she was b. in March, 1834. Ch : 

3. David M. Kimsey, b. in June, 1860; m'd Sept. 11, 1879, 

Mary McComas, dr. of Burke. Children: [»] Lela; 
[&] Charles. 

4. Joseph W. Kimsey, b. in Nov., 1861 ; m'd Fa-nnie Hem- 

don, dr. of Sim. Ch: [«] Ernest; [^] Ruth. 

5. Samuel V. Kimsey, b. in 1863; m'd Victoria Pickle; 2 


6. Sarah C. Kimsey, m'd Dec. 9, 1891 (third wife), Hugh 

Talbot Bradley. Ch: [«] Wm. D. Bradley. Mr. 
H. T. Bradley m'd 1st, Jan. 15, 1879, Kate N. Harring- 
ton, and m'd 2d, Dec. 28, 1888, Rachel Mellon. 

7. Mary T. Kimsey, b. Jan. 7, 1875; m'd Nov. 17, 1890, 

Henry Cliarke. 

8. Clay Smith Kimsey, b. in 1876. 

TIL SAMUEL KIMSEY (ii), m'd Jan. 7, 1874, Martha Baber, who 
d. March 1, 1875. Oh: 

1. Emma Kimsey, m'd Jas. Walter; 8 children. 

2. Priscilla Jane Kimsey, m'd Dec. 24, 1871, Verd. Blank- 

enship. Ch: [«] Thos. E. Blankenship, m'd Nov. 8, 
1894, Jennie Wade. 

3. Thomas Kimsey (ii), m'd Sarah Ellen Spencer, dr. of 

Thos. Ch: [«] Flora Kimsev; [^] Leta; [c] Wil- 
lis; [f^] Gertrude; [c] Ella May; [f] John. 

4. Melissa Jane Kimsri/, m'd Feb. 23, 1879, Lewis Wilson. 

b. Feb. 22, 1859, son of Jos. 

5. Elizaheth Kimsey, m'd Nov. 13, 1878, Quincv Hon. 


6. John Kimsey, b. Jan. 19, 3861. 

IV. RACHEL KIMSEY, b. Jan. 9, 1827; after marrying 1st, a 
Ooodman. she m'd 2d, Dec. 14, 1853, Samuel B. Ashby, b. 
June 16.1824. Ch: 

1866, FEB. 409 THE KIMSEYS 

1. t<arah Ashbi/, in'd Oct. 1, 1867, John Shepard. (See.) 
■2. Martha Ashhij (twin), in'd Tbos. Johnson, son of 

3. L'm//<aAs/</>//. m'd Frank Woolsey. 
. 4. James I). Ashbtj, lives in Iowa. 
5. Mary, lives in Texas. 
V. EMEKANDA KIMSEY, b. Feb. 10, 1830; ni'd Feb 28, 1850, 
Robert Baber, b. in Fuhiski Co., Ky., Aug. 28, 1825, son of 
Robert liaber and Delilah Davis. He is a fanner, living 
three miles north of Platte City. Ch : 

1. John T. Babcr, b. in Jan., 1857; ni'd Ellen Snider, dr. 

of Henry. 

2. Landi/n I). Babcr. 

3. Thos. J. Babcr (twin with Landon). 

4.- James M. Baher, m'd Jan. 9, 1882, Sarah Edwards, b. 
Feb. 20, 1802, dr. of Jas. H. 

5. Andreir J. Babcr, m'd Feb. 21, 1887, Louisa Neff. 

6. Geo. W. Babcr, m'd Feb. 14, 1884, Susie Heath, dr. of 


7. David F. Babcr. 

8. Martha J., m'd March 4, 1880, Jos. Cobb. 

9. Delilah Babcr. 

10. Luei/ Babcr, m'd April 9, 1885, Thos. A. Frazier. 

11. Mail/ Babcr, m'd Sept. 23, 1891, B. F. Wood (ii). 

VI. DAVID S. kiMSEY, d. in Nov., 1857; a merchant and post- 

master at Platte City; m'd Nancy White, of Cooper Co., 
Mo.; no children. 

VII. JAMES KIMSEY, died single, aged 23. 

VIH. BEN. F. K1:MSEY, d. in April, 1802; m'd May 13, 1858, 

Fannie H. Brown, dr. of Samuel. 
IX. WILLIAM KIMSEY, d. Feb. 17, 1870; m'd April 27, 1805, 
. Mary C. Coons. After his death, she married F. M. 



I will here set in order the whole family. James Kimsey, of 
Tennessee, married Mary Croly, daughter of Jas. Croly, and be- 
came the progenitor of the Kimseys of Platte. Their children 
came to Platte in 1841, bv wav of Howard County, Mo. 

L SAMUEL KIMSEY (i)' d. in Platte in Sept., 1844; m'd 
Rachel Townsend; she survived he husband, and m'd 2d, 
Thomas Jones (see), but had no children bv him ; she d. Jan, 
19,1873. Ch: 

1. Johnson Kimsey, m'd Feb. 10. 1840, Mary Dolison. 

They live in Jackson County. 

2. Thomas Kimsey (iii), lives in Oregon. 

3. Po//?/, d. Aug. 8, 1880. 

4. Rae-fiel Kimfici/, m'd Jan. 13, 1841, Barton W. Esetes, b. 

in Bourbon Co., Ky., July 9. 1817; d. July 21, 1890. 
Ch: [«] Emeranda Estes, m'd 1st, Geo. Brecken 

1866, FEB. 410 MAILS AND ROADS. 

ridge, son of Elmore. Ch: [1] Ella Breckenridge, 
m'd Feb. 27, 1888, Jas. Brubeek. Emeranda m'd 2d, 
Nov. 8, 1866, Elmore Breckenridge (ii), brother of her 
first husband. Ch: [2] William; [3] a girl. 
[^] John Wes. Estes, m'd Jane Mark. Children: 
[1] Henry L.; [2] Frank; [3] Ben (twin with 
Frank); [4] Mary; [5] Lura. [c'] Samuel G. Estes, 
m'd Viola Barney. Live in Kansas; 4 children; 
[d] Victoria Estes, m'd Feb. 5, 1878, David W. 
Fisher, b. May 1, 1818; d. Feb. 21, 1895, son of David 
S. ; 3 children, [e] Edna Estes, m'd Wm. Lutes, son 
of Jos.; [f] Robert M., m'd Feb. 13, 1890, Dora Hon. 
IL LITTLEBURY KIMSEY, m'd Sus. Findley. Ch: 
1. Sue. 2. Hannah. 3. Elizabeth. 
in. JAMES KIMSEY, m'd Hannah McCracken, and went to 

IV. THO^IAS KIMSEY (above). 
V. BENJ. KIMSEY (i), b. in 1802; d. Feb. 26, 1865; m'd Eliza- 
beth Morris, dr. of Hammond, and sister of Thomas Kim- 
sey's wife. Ch: 

1. Francis M. Eimsey, married, successively, two daugh- 

ters of Hugh Baxter, They went to McDonald 
Co., Mo. 

2. W, D. Kimseij, m'd Permelia Baxter, dr. of Hugh. 

Live in Cooper County. 

3. Sallie Kimsey, m'd McHenry Morris, and went west. 

Ch: [«] Mary E. Morris;' [^] John N,; [c] Aman- 
da; [<^] Claiborne F.; [e] Martha E. Morris ; [f] Geo. 
W. Morris. 
VL ELEANOR KIMSEY, m'd Samuel Findlev. 
Vn. ELIZABETH KIMSEY, m'd James Simpson; d. in April, 
1852. Ch: 

1. Preston Simpson. (See.) 
VIII. MARY KIMSEY, m'd Wm. Simpson, brother of James 


The mails still come by way of Barry and Platte City to Wes- 
ton. But the latter is connected with St. Joseph by railroad, but 
not with Kansas City. The Missouri Pacific from Kansas City to 
Leavenwortli is under contract. A company is organized to build 
the Des ^loines Railroad, but nothing except a preliminary survey 
has been done. 

Feh. 13 — The Clay County Savings Association (Bird & Sons), 
at Liberty, is robbed of |60.000 in broad davlight. and Geo. Wvmer 

The court-house and j;iil Id oul. Tlu^ bids were opened and 
found as follows: A. Wl'ioolock's bid, |82,650: J. A. McGonigle, 
188,500; W. D. Bonnell, 189.735; Thos. Carroll. |95.500; H. Jen- 

1866, FEB. 411 A. G. ENDICOTT. 

kins, 194,548; L. W. Dinsmoro. |1 02,000; AV. V. Stone, !|j;iOr),000 ; 
J. C. Evans, |1 07,000; V. :McFai-land, |1 09,000. The bid of J. A. 
McGonigle was accepted, and he gave bond for |50,000, for the 
performance of his contract by May 1, 1867. 

Feb. 20 — A beautiful aurora borealis. 


March 1 — Wheat promising. Peaches are a failure. 

March 12 — The Bonier Times has fifty sheriff sales. Louis 
Georgen is licensed as an attorney. Prof. G. W. Goodale is 
lecturing weekly at Weston, on various topics. 

The probate ottice at Platte City is publicly sold, and bought 
by Clinton Cockrill, for a bank, at |1,760. The probate records 
are removed to the circuit clerk's office, and J. C. Greenawalt be- 
comes probate clerk, in the place of E. K. Owen, who goes to 


March Jo — Al. (1. Endicott having died near Barry, J. B. Cox 
administered. Bond, |2,500. Ch: • 

I. ANNIE W., m'd a Hall. II. MARY A., m'd J. M. Adkius. 


April 2 — Jacob Deitz is elected mayor of Weston over S. A. 
Gilbert, and Held is elected marshal. Carney is elected mayor 
of Leavenworth. 

President Johnson announces, by proclamation, that peace is 
established, and the war ended. 


April 11 — Lewis B. Chinn having died, J. H. Chinn admin- 
isters. Bond. 18,000. Mr. Chinn belonged to an old and wealthy 
family, that flourished in Virginia in Colonial times. His father 
came at an early day to Greenup County, Ky., and here Lewis B. 
Chinn was born in 1819. In 18:^)9 he married Mary A. Ha^'es, born 
July 4, 1822, and died September 1, 1885. She was a daughter of 
Cal. H. Hayes. In 1840 the newly married couple came west, and 
settled on the Platte, four miles northeast of Platte City. By 
indnstry, coupled wath good sound sense, they prospered, and left 
to their children a. competency, as well as a good education and an 
enviable position in society. INIrs. Chinn was a Christian woman 
of intelligence, dignitv, and ladv-like beai-ing. Ch: 

L COL. JAMES IT.' CHINN, b. Nov. :i, 1842; h'd :\ray 12, 1808, 
Lucy Robinson, dr. of Senator A. >r. Robinson and his 
second wife, Catherine Hughes. Col. James H. Chinn is a 
large and porlly gentleman, of im])osing dignity, and 


cbarming address. He read law in private, passed a good 
examination, and was admitted to the bar. But his rest- 
less disposition led him into various schemes and,, enter- 
prises, from which he has gained experience. He was 
county clerk in 1877-9, and proved to be an excellent ac- 
countant. He was deputy collector, and has passed 
through many departments of business. His commanding 
person and urbane manners introduce him favorably to the 
stranger. But he lacks self-dependence, and his timidity 
stands in the way of his success. He is now bookkeeper 
in the State Penitentiary, and is looking forward to pre- 
ferment. Ch : 

1. Lewis R. Chlnn, has been teaching school, and is re- 

garded as a rising young man. 

2. Laura, is a lovely maiden, whose modesty is an orna- 

mental robe. 

3. Guy Chinn. 4. Jas. H. Cliinn. 

n. CHARLES L. CHINN, m'd Sept. 12, 1882, Melvina McComas. 
in. LUELLA CHINN, m'd Oct. 27, 1880, Ira N. Walker. (See.) 
IV. GEORGE W. CHINN, died by his own hand Feb. 21, 1889; 
m'd 1st, April 7, 1875, Sallie Robertson, b. Feb. 19, 1850; d. 
Oct. 27, 1882. She was the widow of W. M. Lampton, who 
d. leaving one child, Minnie E. Lampton. She had no chil- 
dren by Chinn. After her death, he m'd 2d, Sept 16, 1885, 
Phena Smith. She returned, after his death, to her parents 
in Kansas Citv, with one child. 
V. PLEASANT W. CHINN, m'd Nov. 20, 1877, Fannie Dough- 

ertv. (See.) 
VL ALFRED (TOMj N. CHINN, b. in 1850; d. April 28, 1882; m'd 
1st, Oct. 1, 1868, Cornelia Pullins, b. in 1850; d. in 1875. 
leaving children; 

1. Clias.B. Cliinn. 2. Wm. D. ^.Cornelia. 
Mr. Chinn m'd 2d, his first wife's sister, Georgia Pullins, 
who survived him, childless, but with three step-children. 
VIL BENJ. F. CHINN, b. Oct. 10. 1851; d. Sept. 21, 1887; m'd 
Dec. 12, 1877, Annie Eliza McEown, dr. of Isaac McEown 
and Cathei'ine Ballard. She lives, with children: 
1. Bettie B. Chinn. 2. LueUa Cliinn. 3. Cora E. 

4. Tirqih 

Vni ESTELLA CHINN, m'd March 6, 1873, Wm. Link. 


April 16 — Judge A Her was sued on account of the county, 
and served with process in Clinton, whence a mandamus issued 
leciuiriug him to give to the road the bonds of the county for 
^lo.OOO subscribed to the road and not paid over. This date, 
125,000, in flOO bonds, were issued. 

Democrats are now known as Conservatives, and Republicans 
as Radicals. 



There are now in attendance at the Academy. Prof. F. Gay 
loi'd pi-inoipal, 47 boarders and i;{8 day scholars. 

Aitril 21 — The Phitte C'onnty Raih'oad, from St. Joseph to 
Kansas (Mty, is sohl to pay t lie Stiite lien for |S()S,0()0. The State 
is purchaser. 

The prospect for wheat is excellent. 


April 22 — Mrs. Virginia Burnes, n^e ^^'inn, died. 

(leorge Winn, of Tenuesse. married Emily Henderson. (See.) 
Their childi'en: 

L ALEX. WINN, of Tennessee. His daughter, 

1. Ann E. Winn, m'd Oct. 10, LS77, her cousin, Geo. R. 
Ireland, Ch: ["] Georgia A. Ireland. 
n. VIRGINIA WINN, m'd Mav 13, 1851, Col. D. D. Burnes. 
IIL ELIZA E. WINN, b. in Jan., 1820; dead; m'd in Sept., 1846, 
James F]. Ireland, b. Oct. ir», 1825, in Tennessee, son of Benj. 
R. He came to Platte in Ai)ril, 1855, and settled in the 
Missouri River bottom, below Farley. He served several 
years as county court justice, and has been highly esteemed 
for his Christian zeal and virtues. He is a Knight Templar, 
and in his early life delighted to meet with his Masonic 
brethren. Ch : 

1. Alex. Treiand. m'd Nov. 7, 1877, Emma McCormick. 


2. Geo. R. Ireland (above). 

8. Ja.s. E. Ireland b. :\Iay 1, 1854. 

4. John J. Ireland, b. Sept. 1, 1800; m'd ^linnie Hopper. 

April 28 — The Platte Savings Institution agrees to cash 
1120.000 of county warrants, at 80 cents to the dollar. 


Mat/ 1 — There is no county financial statement of record, and 
I have not found any published. 

James A. Stone resigns as assessor, and Janu's W. Steele is 
appointed in his place. Gold in New York, fl.'U. 


Man S — John Sharp having died, Ennnanuel Sharp admin- 
isters. Bond, |1, 000. He married Rebecca Burton. Cli: 

L ANDERSON SHARP, dead; m'd B<4sv :NLirtin, of Kansas. 
n. MELISSA SHARP, m'd Gordon Pate. 
in. LTTCINDA SHARP, m'd Preslev Cheshire, dead. 

1866, MAY. 414 MASS-MEETING. 

IV. SALIXA 8HARP, m'd a Bingley, in Kans^as. 

1. Octavia, m'd Nov. 18, 1884, C. C. Janes. 

2. Jos. M. Sharp, b. July 4, 1864; m'd Sept. 5, 1889. Jennie 

Hutford. (See.) Cli: [«] Rita. 
8. Wallace Sharp. 
VL JOHN CALVIN SHARP, b. May 7, 1826; m'd in 1854 Louisa 

Ussary. (See.) 
^'H. ALFRED SHARP, m'd L. J. Minor. Ch: 
1. Galen B. Sharp. 2. Jlollie. 3. John. 
4. Kittle, m'd Dec. 25, 1895, Richard Thompson. 
A large Democratic mass-meeting convenes at the Baptist 
church, in Platte City; S. A. Gilbert chairman, and addresses 
made by John Wilson, E. H. Norton, and R. P. C. Wilson, 

After a preliminary survey of a route for a railroad between 
Leavenworth and Platte City, James Durbin reports favorably 

Two flourishing lodges of Good Templars are at work in 

Grand jury of May term, 1866: Richard Babcock. A. G. 
Brown, Noah Beer}', Wm. Carr, Isaac Dean, David Fleming, Wm. 
Gabbert, And. Henson, Levi Hinkle, Henry Lamar, Thos. B. Love- 
lady, James M. Mulkey, Manoah Miles, Burke McComas, John 
Pace, John Patton, 

May 29— Platte City raised |785, and sent it for the relief of 
Southern sufferers. 


June 2 — Through the courtesy of Judge Beller, I have full 
files of the Border Times. I have gathered also about half the 
numbers of the Landmark. The Rereille is now announced, and 
Col. T. W. Park has laid me under obligations for his full files of it. 

Johnson Clubs are organized in several places. 

A picnic at the fair grounds. 

Hon. Frank P. Blair spoke at Wells' Grove, near Weston, 
and a sumptuous barbecue was served. A drenching rain and 
the falling of the platform did not quench the ardor of the Con- 
servatives. The people came by large and organized delegations. 

Peaches almost a failure, but other fruits promising. The 
wheat crop is good. 

Business and hoj)e are reviving. 

The county is divided into twenty registration districts. 
James Durbin gets the commission for supervisor of registration, 
over i\I. Miles, who expected it. There is great dissatisfaction in 
Radical circles. 

The law i-equiring the test oath of preachers has not yet been 
decided unconstitutional, and several of them are arrested. 

June 11 — Gen. Shi(-lds si»()ke in Weston. 


June 14 — Fenians meet at Mettiei's Hall, Weston. 

The quarrel between the lioirlcr Times and the Ldndmark 
grows acrimonious. 

June 20 — The corner-stone of the court-house laid. Belt, 
Aller, and Paxtou were the committee. The Masons had charge. 
Grand Master Vincil was master of ceremonies. The crowd was 

Jidir 2') — Di'. TliouKis lleaumont and another citizen are 
robbed in Weston. The robbers are pursued, but escape. 

The Missouri Pacific Railroad is finished to Kansas City, and 
steamers connect with ^^'eston. 

Examination at Platte City Female Academy. Scholars 
that had attended, 22:]. Faculty: F. O, Uaylord, president; 
Chas. Raffington. professor of languages; and Miss Maggie Baxter, 
teacher of music. 


July 1 — The Missouri Pacific Railroad finished to Leaven- 

A new bridge erected over the branch a hundred yards east 
of Bee Greek, on the road from Platte City to Weston. 


Supervisor James Durbin makes his appointment of assist- 
ant registrars as follows : 

Carroll Township, C. M. Boyd, J. P. Vermillion, Burke 

Pettis Township, J. W. Mason, W. A. Marshall, David 

Lee Township, D. F, Fonts, John H. Burt, Thomas Quiun. 

Green Township, John H. Hall, Henry Lamar, F. M. Tufts. 

Preston Township, M. S, Klum, James Standiford. 

Weston Township, Peter Blanjour, Henry Humphrey, Ben- 
net Whiteley. 

Marshall Township, J. H. Carson, Thos. B. Lovelady, John 

Levi Likins erects a machine shop near the water mill at 
Platte City. 

Law\vers have to take out United States license, 

Julji 2 — Gen. Jas. H. Lane committed suicide at Leavenworth. 
Jacob Moore, a German, committed suicide at Weston. 

Jul}/ .'/ — A brass band formed at Platte City, with Prof. Hook 
as teacher. 

The Fenians had a di-unken carousal at the fair grounds. 

Jnli/ 6 — The fii-st number of the Reveille is issued at Platte 
City by T. W. Park, a stej)-son of Prof. Gaylord and a young man 
of brilliance. It is Conservative in its politics. 



Is required of eyerT voter, by the new Constitution. The affiant 
must state, among other things: (1) That he has never borne 
arms against the United States; (2) nor given aid or comfort to 
its enemies; (3) nor contributed to their aid; (4) nor held com- 
munication with them; (5) nor advised any one to enter into their 
service; (6) nor adhered to such enemies; (7) nor desired their 
triumph; (8) nor sympathized with them; (9) nor freely sub- 
mitted to them; (10) nor gone tO' their support; (11) had never 
been a. guerrilla; (12) nor a bushwhacker; (13) nor harbored such; 
(14) nor avoided enrollment, etc. There are 32 paragraphs in the 
affidavit, and one-half the citizens are disfranchised. 


Were organized in several places. They were a secret order, 
bound by a solemn oath. The Weston Lodge notified J. B. Evans 
that he had slandered the order, and "a repetition of the offense 
might be followed by serious consequences." 

A Conser'vative meeting at Farley, John Patton chairman, is 
addressed by R. P. 0. Wilson, T. W. Park, and L. F. Holiingsworth. 

July 10 — A rise in the Missouri, that devastated the island 
opposite Weston, 


July 14 — A Democratic Convention at Platte City, H. M. Aller 
chairman, was addressed by R. P. C. Wilson, Judge Birch, and 
John Doniphan. Delegates were appointed for the Congressional 
Convention at Richmond, August 16th, and for the Smithville 
Senatorial Co'nvention. The latter were instructed to vote for 
D. D. Burnes for senator. 

Revival at Smithville. under the preaching of Elder B. Wal- 
ler; and 130 received into the Church. 

Jidy 2Jf — Twenty-five Government wagons laden with arms 
and ammunition passed through Platte City, on the way to the 
Liberty Arsenal. 

A Johnson Club formed at Camden Point, consisting of 100 
members. Addressed by W. B. Watts and H. A. B, Anderson. 


Aug. 1 — The Austro-Prussian War ended. 

Brickwork at the court-house progressing. 

Prof. H. B. Todd, now of Gallatin, Tenn., is on a visit to Platte 

The Farmers' Savings Association, a banking institution, is 
organized at Platte City with Clinton Cockrill president, Andrew 
Tribble cashier, and W. M. I'axton assistant. 


At a special election in Weston, to till vacancies, T. F. War- 
ner was chosen mayor, and Tim. Conner marshal. 

Louis Georgen is issuing a German paper in Weston, known 
as the Radical Courier. The law requires legal advertisements 
to be i)ublishod in at least one German paper, if there is any such 
in the county. When the harvest of sherilf's sales ended, the 
Courier died. 

Tat. Do vie is building a handsome brick business house on 
Lot 1, Block' 20, in Platte City. 


Lawlessness had so grown in Weston that Mayor Deitz and 
Marshal Held had ix^signed. Warner, elected mayor in place of 
Deitz, takes hold with a strong arm — silences the outlaws, and 
restores order and safety. 

The registration, disfranchisement, and the canvass for cir- 
cuit clerk betw^een G. \\\ Belt and R. D. Johnston are exciting 


Auff. 6 — A Radical meeting, A. G. Brown chairman, is ad- 
dressed by James N. Burnes. Others participating were: N, 
Beerv, J. H. Burt. James Durbin. D. J. Fonts. J. H. Hale, M. Miles, 
Wm.'Kyle, F. M. Tufts, and J. B. Wright. 

Judge Wm. Heren will not hold court, because of the dis- 
turbed state of society, and the difficulty of getting jurors who 
will take the oath. 

Auf/. 13 — The Conservative Convention at Smithville nomi- 
nates D. D. Burnes for senator. 

Aug. 16 — The Conservative Convention at Richmond nomi- 
nates Judge J. H. Birch for Congress. 


Aug. 18 — Aller, Greenawalt, and Paxtom having been se- 
lected by the Platte County Agricultural and Mechanical Associa- 
tion to get up a tournament at the fair grounds, twenty-eight 
knights enter the lists. De Berry is victor, and crowns Miss 
Frankie Hunt as Queen of Love. Over .f 100 was cdeared. 

Cholera, conies as near as Kansas City, but does not visit 
Platte County. 

.1////. 22 — The board of trustees of Platte City determine to 
grade and macadamize Main Street, and advertise for bids for 
the work. 

Aug. 2-'i — The Presbytery of Lexington meet at Weston. A. 
B. Sherwood is moderator. 

Platte City Fc^nale Academy is undtn-going re]»airs. The 
west wall is taken out, and a new one erected. 

1866, AUG. 418 THE KAYS. 


Aug. 28 — Geo. Kay died one mile north of Platte City. He 
was a son of John Kay, and was born in Washington County, Pa., 
April 7, 1791; married March 20, 1822, Margaret Morgan, born 
August 27, 1804, and died September 3, 1889. She was a daughter 
of Joseph Morgan, an Italian refugee, who was in the Colonial 
army, and was present at the surrender of Cornwallis. Mr. Geo. 
Kay was a volunteer in the War of 1812, and served in Capt. 
Eobinson's company of Pennsylvania Militia. For his services, 
he was granted a pension, which he enjoyed while he lived, and 
his widow, after him, to the day of her death. They were ardent 
Methodists, and excellent people. Ch : 

I. JOHN KAY, b. Aug. 9, 1825 ; d. in Oct., 1872. 
n. JANE KAY, m'd Allen McLane, and, after his death, m'd 
N. E. Wilkinson. (See both.) 

III. MORGAN KAY, m'd Sarah I. Gibson. (See.) 

IV. ANN M. KAY, m'd Nov. 9, 1854, James M. Powell, b. in Cin- 

cinnati. Ohio, Oct. 4, 1832. He was a son of Wm. Powell 
and Ann C. Cornwell. William was a tobacco manufac- 
turer and merchant. He had houses in Cincinnati, Ohio, 
Covington, Kj^, and Lexington, Mo. He died in 1877, his 
wife in 1854. Their children were: 

1. William Powell (ii). 2. Henry. 3. Jolui. 4. Joseph. 

5. Samuel. 6. Sallie, m'd Wm. Dodd. 

7. Louisa, m'd Alf. W. Henning. 

8. Artemesia, m'd John Barton. 

9. Mary T. Poivell, m'd Oct. 19, 1855, John E. Brooks. 

10. James, was the youngest. He received a good educa- 
tion, and became a brick-mason. He is a man of 
superior natural mind, and his experience and read- 
ing make him a man of large information. He is a 
working Methodist, a good Bible scholar, and a use- 
ful citizen. Mrs. Powell is a hale, hearty, and genial 
lady, highly respected and well beloved. Children : 
[«]^Lena, m'd E. Peitsel; [&] Gertrude, m'd March 
8, 1882, T. D. Harrington. Ch : [ /] Sophronia Har- 
rington; 12] James. [(^] Maggie Powell, m'd April 
0, 1896, H. H. Martin; [<?] Nona Powell, m'd June 4, 
1896, Robert Elley. 

Auff. 30 — C. B. Hawley opens a dry goods store in Platte City, 
in the house lately occupied by Murray & Freoland. 


A sharp and bitter handbill controversy is progressing be- 
tween Capt. W. T. Woods, late sheriff, and Maj. Jesse Morin, his 
deputy, in relation to the money collected and accounted for 
bv each. 

1866, SEPT. 419 THE FENCES. 



Sept. 1 — Lewis Peuce died to-day. His father was George 
Pence, of Cieriiiau descent. He married a Liowu and emigrated 
to Kentucky. Most of his children came to I'hitte. Ch: 

L EDWARD HERNDON PENCE, d. in Platte in 1861. He 
m'd in Kentucky Lucinda Snell, b. Feb. 8, 1808; d. Jan. 20, 
1868. She m'd I'd, Jan. 28, 1863, Elder Oliver C. Steele (his 
fourth wife); no children. Ed. H. Pence's children were: 

1. Elizabeth Pence, m'd Darwin J. Adkins, of Clay, a man , 

of moral and financial standing, 

2. Elenora Pence, m'd Thos. H. Talbott. (See.) 

3. Elvira, m'd J. M. Guthrie. (See.) 

1. Edward F. Pence, killed by a fall from a horse Dec. 4, 
1862; m'd Jeana Dysart. Ch: [«] Madison Pence; 
[^] Stella. 

5. Elmarine [Letie) Pence, m'd Sept. 1, 1859, Wm. A. King, 
from whom she was divorced. She m'd 2d, Oct. 6, 
1879, Nathan P. Ogden. He was a merchant at New 
Market, and being a Union man, his store was looted 
June 1, 1864, by bushwhackers. In August follow- 
ing, he removed to Weston. May 1, 1865, he was 
appointed sheriff of Platte County, in the place of 
W. T. Woods, ousted. In 1866 he was elected to the 
same office, over L. Shepard, by a vote of 808 to 632. 
In May, 1880, he removed to St. Joseph, and has 
since been successfully engaged in banking and 
other financial enterprises. He is now regarded as 
one of the solid men of that city. She has no chil- 
dren bv either husband. 
H. JOSEPH PENCE, b. in 1801; d. Feb. 24, 1878; m'd 1st, Sallie 
Chism. Ch : 

1. James Pence, m'd Susan M. Parrott. (See.) 

2. Joseph Pence (ii), m'd a Durrett. 

3. William L. Pence, m'd Feb. 27, 1873, Diana Lamar. 
Joseph (i) m'd 2d, Sarah Noonan. Ch: 

4. Marfi Pence, m'd Thos. Noonan (cousin). 

5. Martha Pence (twin), m'd iNIanlius Lovd. 

IIP MILTON PENCE, m'd Lavinia Lankford, b.' in 1806; d. Sept. 
29, 1884. Ch: 

1. Lucinda, b. Feb. 27, 1842; m'd John Moore, b. Jan. 2. 

1835. Ch: [«] William Moore; [''J Milton Moore: 
[c] Dora, m'd 1st. F. Cockrill (see), and was divorced; 
she then m'd 2d, William Harris, sou of John M. : 
[f'] Walter. 

2. Elenora Pence, m'd Sept. 6, 1855, Geo. Moore. Ch: 

[c] Gibson. 

3. Elmarine Pence (ii). m'd Oliver Todd. (See.) 


IV. LEWIS PENCE, d. in June, 1866; m'd Jane Scarce, d. April 
24, 1891. He was a director of the Mechanics^ Bank of 
Weston and one of my esteemed friends. Ch: 

1. Emma Pence, m'd Dec. 3, 1866, J. N. Vineyard. (See.) 

2. Leicis W. Pence (ii), m'd Kuth Adliins, dr. of Dar. J, 

Ch: [«] Jennie, m'd Oct. 3, 1894, Ellis G. Mings. 

3. Mollie T. Pence, m'd Nov. 18, 1879, Judge Jas. Gibson, 

of Kansas City. 
V. DANIEL PENCE, lived and died in Kentucky. 


Sept. 3 — A Conservative County Convention was held at the 
Baptist church, in Platte City, to nominate candidates for the 
ensuing election. A majority were disfranchised; jet, after a 
spirited contest, in which S. A. Gilbert led the opposition, all 
were permitted to vote. After the nominations were made for all 
the offices, the crowd adjourned to the street; and, appointing 
tellers, the chairman called for the candidates for one office at a 
time to stand forth; and, at the word, the voters took position 
behind their favorites respectively. In this way the nominees 
were very soon, and very satisfactorily, selected. The result was 
as follows: Keipresentatives, John Wilson and H. J. Wolf; cir- 
cuit clerk, R. D. Johnston; county clerk, D. P. Lewis; sheriff, 
L. Shepard; treasurer, L. Ferguson; assessor. J. A. Stone; public 
administrator, J. B. Cox; surveyor, R. C. Ellifrit; supervisor of 
registration, W. Cunningham; coroner, E. D. Cord. 

Sept. 8 — The brickwork of the court-house is now up to the 
second story. The jailer's house is under roof, and a large amount 
of rock is on the ground for the jail. 


Sept. 13 — James Durbin, supervisor of registration gives 
notice that all qualified voters may register any Saturday between 
September 20th and October 20th, at their proper precincts; 
and that a board of appeals will be held at Platte City, from the 
23d to the 26th of October. 

Sept. 15 — Grasshoppers have reached Leavenworth, leaving 
terror before them and desolation behind them. 


In the afternoon, after the Radical Convention had ad- 
journed, a crowd gathered in front of the Fleshman House. J. 
H. Dunagan, a Radical of Herculean frame, got drunk, and 
flourished a jtistol with threats. Officers interfered, but Duna- 
gnn refused to obey, and fired off his pistol. Immediately, there 
was a general filing of revolvers, and the crowd hastily dispersed. 
William Callaghan and John Heath were killed, and among the 
wounded were Richard Bush, J. B. Cafes, J. H. Dunagan, D. Flem- 
ing. John Foley, W. B. Heath, Sanders ^NlcComas, E. J. Phillips, 


Ploury Todd, and .lonatlian Todd. I)una<;an was arrested, and 
j?ave*boiid; but nothing was ever done. It was a battle between 
Conservatives and Kaclicals, and the former held the field. 


James Durbin, sui»ervisor of registration, was attacked on 
the street of Platte City by a man named Queen, who threatened 
him on account of his politics, and ordered him to leave the town. 
Durbin returned to Weston, and it was his home until his death. 

iiennett Whitely took refuge at my house, and when all 
seemed quiet, I went wuth him to hunt up his horse. When on the 
scene of the riot, W. H. Spratt presented himself, in a drunken 
state, with drawn revolver presented at my breast; and stating, in 
an angry tone, that I had been talking about him, swore he would 
shoot me. But just at the critical moment Constable H. T. Calla- 
han, revolver in hand, rushed between us, and saved my life. 

Sanders McComas lay hid in town three days. A Mr. Mc- 
Millan took refuge in the new iron vault, made for the bank, and 
not yet in place. Some of the Radicals were pursued, at full 
speed, out of town. No legal proeeeding was instituted. For a 
few weeks as much awe rested on the community as during the 

Sept. IS — Judge Charles Drake spoke in Weston. 

Sept. 25 — Fair for four days; it was sparsely attended. 
Officers, acting : R. D. Johnston, president ; A. Tribble, vice-presi- 
dent; J. C. Greenawalt, secretary; A. Burge, treasurer. Direc- 
tors: Faulconer, Aller, Harrington, Hinkle, Hughes, Miller, Pep- 
per, Singleton, Steele, White, Smith. 

Faulconer was chosen i)resident of the new board. Belt secre- 
tary, and Burge treasurer. 


Sept. 21 — During the fair grasshoppers commenced falling 
like snow from the heavens. In a few days they were like the 
locusts of Egypt. But they came too late to damage anything 
except wheat and grass. They left their eggs in the ground, and, 
when hatched out in the spring, desolation reigned. 

The removal of the county seat to Weston is still agitated, 
notwithstanding the court-house is nearly complete. A petition 
is circulated to have the question submitted to the people. 

(xood Templars are flourishing in the county. 


Get. 1 — The county court i)ays out large snms, in warrants, 
for coupons on Parkville C R. Railroad bonds, and on W. & A. 
Railroad bonds. The amount paid, in one day, exceeded $30,000. 


Oct. 3 — The registrars all fail to bring their books to the 
county clerk, as required by law; and the county attaches the 
officers. Eight of them deliyer their books, and the others are 
brought forward by the sheriff, and give up their books, under 

John Wilson resigns as county attorney. 

A petition is presented to the county court for the removal of 
teh county seat to Weston, and asking that the question be sub- 
mitted to the people. It is ordered that a. vote be taken at the 
general election, to be held November 6th. A counter-petition is 
also presented. 

J. W. Foley having died, J. A. Hyatt administered. He lived 
in Marshall Township. His widow was named Khoda, Ch: 

I. MARY FOLEY, m'd Jonathan H. Miller. 
II. ELIZABETH A. FOLEY, m"d W. F. Nelson. 
lY. ZACHARIAS T., m'd Elenora Miller. Ch : 
1. Chas. 2. Ollie. 3. Guy. 4. Hugh. 
5. Luella Foley. 
VJ. ANDREW B. FOLEY, m'd Oct. 25, 1884, Dora Seever, dr. 

of G. W. 
Yin. MARTHA FOLEY, m'd John W. King and died leaving: 

1, Jas. A. King. 2. RJioda A. 3. John R. 4. Louisa ^. 
5. Minnie. 


Squire Jerry Woods died at ^Veston. He was born in Ohio 
May 26, 1797; married May 10, 1821, Yirginia Soward, b. May 23, 
1804, and died July 5, 1841. They came to Weston in 1839. He 
was elected a justice of the peace soon after his arrival, and held 
the office, by successive elections, to the day of his death; was a 
member of the first board of trustees for Weston; was a charter 
member of Masonic Lodge No. 53, and rose to the order of knight- 
hood; was one of the earliest mayors of the city, and was univers- 
ally esteemed for good natural sense and stern justice. Ch: 
I. WILLIAM, b. March 25, 1822, m'd Mary Toole, sister of 
Edwin, of St. Joseph. 
IL JOHN S. WOODS, b. Feb. 7, 1824, m'd Elizabeth Wester- 
field. (See.) 
in. JONAS S. WOODS, b. Dec. 1, 1825; m'd a Hawn. He went 
to the Mexican War as an officer of Capt. W. S. Murphy's 
company, rose to the command of the company, and 
achieved honor bv his gallaiitrv. 
TV. ELIZA J. WOODS, b. Dec. 16, 1827; m'd Jan. 22, 1846, Larkin 
M. Reed, d. July 29, 1895; she died at Leavenworth July 3, 

1866, OCT. ' 423 BOARD OF APPEALS. 

1885. Mr. Koed was a saddler, and worked at his trade in 
Platte City, ^^^'ston, and Camden Point. He was a man of 
some education, and, as a Demoeiat, often wrote for the 
count}- papers. Oh: 

1. Anna, m'd Geo. Wilkins. 

2. Jeff D. t). Lkla. 4. Rohert All of Kansas City. 

V. WASH. T. WOODS, b. July 27,1829, m'd Nannie McKinney. 
He comnmaded Company A of Col. Price's regiment of 
militia; was elected in November, 1802, sheriff, over G. W. 
Hood, by a vote of 028 to 595 ; and again, in 1864, over J. A. 
Price, by a vote of 892 to 457. From his second term he 
was ousted by the Vacating Ordinance. He subsequently 
removed to Kansas City, where he now lives. 
VI. SARAH A. WOODS, b. Sept. 28, 1833, dead; m'd Harvev 

Vn. JERRY M. WOODS, b. Aug. 7, 1835. Lives in California. 

VHT. LOUISA W. WOODS, b. Sept. 26, 1837, d. Dec. 17, 1884, m'd 
April 7, 1859, Judge Henry W. Roney, b. June 25. 1836. He 
came to Weston before the war, and engaged in the furni- 
ture trade; was marshal of the Weston Court of Common 
Pleas, studied law, was admitted to the bar, and was 
elected judge of the Weston court; deputy provost-marshal 
under Comingo; was clerk of the probate court; was 
elected in November, 1882, circuit clerk without opposition, 
and reelected in 1886. He has since devoted himself to the 
practice of law at Platte City. Ch: 
1. Charles Roney. 
. 2. EUa Honey, m'd Dec. 9, 1884, David K. Cox. She died 
leaving: Ch: [«] D. D. Cox. (See Roxie Wheeler.) 

IX. SAMUEL A. WOODS, b. April 17, 1840, m'd Nannie 

Oct. 18 — The Radicals nominate Geo. S. Park for State 

Oct. 19 — A triple wedding at the Christian church in Platte 
City: 1, Jas. M. McCluer and Frankie Hunt ; 2, R. P. Tribble and 
Mollie White; 3, F. G. Cockrill and Cynthia Tribble. 

The board of appealsmet at PlatteCity to correct registration. 

Oct. 30 — The Radicals hold a large meeting at Parkville. 
Geo. S. Park and F. Luthy speak. They nominate Dr. F. D. Moore 
for representative, and condemn the official course of Jas. Durbin, 
supervisor of registration. 

Change of Conservative ticket; some of the nominees being 
unable to take the oath, the central committess fill the vacancies, 
by putting forward G. W. Belt for treasurer, in place of Ferguson ; 
Isaac Dean for supervisor of registration, in place of Cunning- 
ham; and S. A. Himrod for su])erintondent of county schools, in 
place of Cates. 

1866, OCT. 424 T. P. BRUCE. 

This Year Thomas P. Bruce and Thomas J. Doke, brothers-in- 
law, settled near Edgerton. They are enterprising men, and are 
doing much to build up that flourishing little city. I will here set 
out their family trees: 


Son of Henry, was b. Nov. 2, 1835, in Mercer Co., Ky., m'd Oct. 12, 
1858, Mary Stone, widow of J. T, Stone. She was born Oct. 
12.1837. Ch: 
I. MAGGIE M. BRUCE, m'd Jas. B. Matney. Ch : 
1. Thomas. 2. Henry. 3. Albert. 
II. JAMES H. BRUCE, m'd Oct. 30, 1890, Mary W. Handley, b. 
June 27, 1879. He is cashier of the Bank of Edgerton, and 
one of the rising business men of the county. Ch : 

1. Irvin Bruce, b. Oct. 4, 1891. 

2. W. Oscar Bruce, b. Sept. 6, 1893. 

HI. THOMAS A. BRUCE, single, lives in Moberly, Mo. 
IV. ELIZABETH BRUCE, m'd Jas. A. Gustin. (See.) 


Born near Danville, Ky., Nov. 12, 1832, m'd Nov. 22, 1853, Martha 
A. Bruce, dr. of Henry and sr. of Thos. P. Mr. Doke possesses pub- 
lic spirit, and his heart is enlisted in the causes of humanity and 
religion; and he gives active support to every good and useful 
enterprise. Ch : 

I. JOHN H. DOKE, m'd Sept. 12, 1879, Lilian H. Weber. 
IL WILLIAM J. DOKE, m'd Dec. 1, 1886, Fannie McPhetridge. 
IV. MOLLIE B. DOKE, m'd Jan. 1, 1872, Walter B. Smith. 

Their dr. Mattie, b. in 1879, m'd Nov. 2, 1896, Walter 



Nov. 1 — The brickwork of the court-house is finished. 

The registration gives displeasure to both parties. Durbin is 
condemned more hj the Radicals tTian by the Conservatives. 
Durbin is a candidate for the Legislature, and charges that his 
I)arty are conspiring to drop him, and to take up A. G. Brown. 
He charges Brown and C. M. Boyd with duplicity. 


Citizens of Weston issue a handbill stating that the city had 
agreed to give |40,000, and that a further sum of |:20,000 had been 
subscribed by individuals, on condition of the removal of the 
county seat to Weston. Platte City and its people were refeiTed 

1866, NOV. 425 THE ELECTION. 

to with contempt. The other side issued a handbill in reply, 
showing Weston to be insolvent, and the county debt |475,000. 

Nov. 2 — The Border Times has G. S. Park's circular in relation 
to the senatorial race. 

Nov. ■') — Kev. (1^. L. Moad removes to Leavenworth, having 
accepted a call from the Cumberland Presbyterian Church of that 

Noi\ 6 — Maj. Morris and a company of United States soldiers 
are at Platte City, to keep order during the election. No disturb- 
ance, but the presence of the soldiers incensed the Conservatives. 


Congressman— J. H. Birch, 764; R. T. Van Horn, G52. 

Senator— D. D. Burnes, 888; Geo. S. Park, GOO. 

Representative — Eastern District, John Wilson, .'376; T. 
Quinn, 377; Western District, Durbin, 5; Wolf, 4.36; Beller, 245. 

Circuit Clerk— F. M. Tufts, 736; R. D. Johnston, 700. ' 

Countv Clerk— D. P. Lewis, 763; D. W. Moore, 666. 

Sheriff— N. P. Ogden, 798; L. Shepard, 632. 

Treasurer— G. W. Belt, 798; C. M. Boyd, 630. 

Assessor— J. A. Stone, 681 ; F. Luthy, 653. 

Public Administrator— J. B. Cox, 769; W. S. Kimsev, 651. 

Coroner— E. D. Cord, 764; D. Fleming, 656. 

Supervisor of Registration — Isaac Dean, 782; M. Miles, 639. 

Superintendent of Common Schools — S. A. Himrod, 779; J. 
W. Mason, 646. 

County Justice — N. Beery, 606; Paul Jordan, 608; Jacob 
Hamm, 605. 

Surveyor — J. S. Owens, 769; Bradley, 641. 

For Removal of County Seat, 568; against, 702. 

Nov. 12 — Judge Walter King held circuit court at the Baptist 

W. H. Roney enrolled as an attorney. 

Nov. IS — James W". Coburn enrolled as an attoney. Here 
is the first public appearance of a young man of intellect and 
culture, destined to stand high in private life as well as in the 
forum and on the platform. He still lives to add to his laurels, 
and to rise to position and fame. He has never married, but, in 
his ofiSce and spacious library, spends his days and nights in un- 
ravelling the intricate web of truth, right, and justice. His 
parents were Dr. John A. Coburn and Elizabeth M. Wood. The 
latter is a first cousin of my wife. The Coburns were men of 
judicial acumen and untarnished honor. James Wilson Coburn 
was born in Mason County, Ky. He setteled at Weston, and en 
gaged in the practice of law, with his relative. Col. John Doni- 
phan. Upon the removal of the latter to St. Joseph, he continued 
the practice alone. One of Mr. Coburn's first works was an 
abstract of Platte County titles, a book of labor, ])atience, and 

1866, NOV. 426 G. S. ELGIN. 

value. This was complete in January, 1879. In November, 1880, 
he was elected prosecuting attorney, over Wm. Forman, by a vote 
of 1,315 to 1,219; and two years later he was reelected, without 
opposition; and in 1884 he was elected again, without opposition, 
for a third term. He now devotes himself assiduously to the 
practice of law. not only in Platte, but in the highest Federal and 
State forums. His name will be frequently mentioned as we 
progress with these annals. 

The railroad from Weston, in the direction of Kansas City, 
is finished to East Leavenworth. 

Nov. 19 — H. M. Aller is enrolled as an attorney. 

Weston is improving. I. H. Masterson and Adam Durkes 
are erecting fine brick dwellings. Kingo is putting up a stone 
dwelling; and a call for a wool factory is heard. 


Nov. 20 — Elgin, a nephew of William Tatman, was a deputy 
sheriff in Clay County. There were five of the Titus brothers, 
and Elgin shot and killed two of them, while resisting his official 
authority. Apprehending danger, Elgin fled to the house of his 
uncle, William Tatman, on the road from Platte City to Weston. 
The three surviving Titus brothers, w4th one John Biven, sur- 
rounded Tatman's house by night. They had a warrant for the 
arrest of Elgin. In the morning Elgin came forth from the house, 
and was shot by Bevin. 


Nov. 26 — There was no law in force for the election of a new 
county court, but votes were cast for Noah Beery, Paul Jordan, 
and Jacob Hamm. They were commissioned by the governor. 
The three came, in the early part of the day, before Judge Aller 
had appeared at the court-room, and were sworn in by County 
Clerk D. W. Moore, They did some business and adjourned. 
The next day Judge Aller took his seat. But D. W. Moore held 
the keys of the vault, where the records were stored, and refused 
to deliver them. The vault was broken open, Moore was sus- 
pended, and D. P. Lewis, the newly elected clerk, was sworn in. 
Judge Aller continued to discharge the duties of the court, and 
D. P. Lewis was his clerk. We hear no more of D. W. Moore. 


Judge King decided that all indictments for treason before 
him were void, under the terms of the surrender, and the procla- 
mations of peace and amnesty. He therefore dismissed them. 
For this he was impeached and deposed. 

1866, DEC. 427 COL. J. DURBIN. 



Dec. 6 — Col. James Durbiii dies at Weston. He came in 1864. 
from Ohio, where, it was said, he left a family. He possessed 
ambition and energy — was an earnest and impressive speaker, 
but lacked ballast. Always under excitement, he was visionary 
and unsuccessful. He had been in the State but two years, and had 
held the oflfices of surve3^or and of supervisor of registration. He 
was a candidate for representative at the late election, and re- 
ceived only 5 votes. The Weston court adjourned for his funeral, 
and the bar passed resolutions in his honor. 


Dec. 10 — Within a radius of twenty-five miles, 802 persons 
had united with the various churches within the last six months. 

Services at Platte City, in the Christian church, resulted in 
70 additions. 

Dec. 11 — Thomas Jenkins succeeds W. A. W^hite as landlord 
of the Green House at Platte City. 

Dec. 25 — Pat Doyle's new brick house on Lot 1, Block 20. 
Platte City, is complete. 

Dec. 29 — A festival at Platte City for Southera relief. 

The court-house is complete. 

Kansas City's population, 11,000; St. Joseph's, 18,000; Leaven- 
worth's, 22,000."^ 



Governor, T. C. Fletcher; Congressman, R. T. Van Horn; 
State Senator, Geo. S. Park; Circuit Judge, Walter B. King; Cir- 
cuit Attorney, E. F. Esteb; Assessor, J. A. Stone; Treasurer, 
G, W. Belt; Coroner, E. D. Cord; Superintendent of Schools, S. A. 
Himrod; Representatives, Thomas Quinn and H. J. Wolf; Cir- 
cuit Clerk, F. M. Tufts; Probate Judge, S. A. Gilbert; Countv 
Justice, H. M. Aller; County Clerk, D. P. Lewis; Sheriff, N. P. 
Ogden; Surveyor, Jas. Durbin; Public Administrator, W. M. 
Paxton (J. B. Cox did not qualify). 

Platte County Agricultural and ]Mechanical Association — 
W. K. Faulconer president, Belt secretary, Burge treasurer. 

1867, JAN. 428 PRICES. 


Apples, |1; brown domestic, 22 cents; eggs, 25 cents; coffee, 
30 cents; flour, |7; corn, 50 cents; calico, 20 cents; ham, 20 cents; 
hemp, |180; potatoes, |1; salt, |5; sugar, 20 cents; wheat, $2; 
whisky, |5. 


At Platte City: Attorneys — H. A. B. Anderson, N. B. Ander- 
son, Baker, Boyd, Campbell, Connelly, Fleshman, Greenawalt, 
Herndon, Hollingsworth, Merryman, Norton, Paxton, Robertson, 
Shaw, J. Wilson, R. P. C. Wilson. 

Physicians — Baldwin, Guthrie, Johnson, McDonald, Red- 
man, Smith. 

Merchants, etc. — Burge, E. C. Cockrill & Co., Colman, Haw- 
ley. Hunt, Jenkins (postmaster) & Son, D,. Jenkins, Kenney, 
Leavel, Likins, Mason & Swain, Mattox & Oliver, Recht, Rice, 
Perry & Co., Smith & Co., Wilkinson, Young, Zarp. 

Lodge— Neb. 12, W. C. Hatton, N. G. 

Farmers Savings Association — A. Tribble cashier. 

At Westoti: Attorneys — Beller, Burnes, Carpenter, Carroll, 
Coburn, Doniphan, Fulton, Georgen, Gilbert, Hitt, King, Law- 
son, Scott, Watts, Wolf. 

Physicians — Allison, Beaumont, Bonifant, Bowlby, Gras- 
muck, Hale, Peters, Price, Shortridge. 

Merchants, etc. — Allen, Anderson, Barnhart, Bell, Blanjour, 
Briggs, Brill, Brown, Carpenter, Calvert, Cockrill, Blackmore & 
McCluer, Deckelman, Deitz, Doppler, Egstadt, Ellefrit, Evans, 
Gerner & Frank, Gedultig, Halyard. Hardesty, Hood. Hughes & 
Co.jllkenhans, Johnson, Kaufman, Keller, Kenney, Kurtz, Magers, 
Mathews, Mettier, Moore, Nagle & Roney, Newhouse, Noble, Oli- 
phant, Perry, Raileys, Rohring, Schindler, Synder, Steubenraugh, 
Termier, Trollman, Warner, Winzer & How, Wood, Woods & 

Weston Court of Common Pleas — Wolf, judge; Yocom, clerk; 
Hedges, marshal. 

Newspapers — Border Times, Beller editor; Landmark, Gil- 
bert editor. 

High School — Ringo and Vance. 

Banks — Platte Savings Institution, Warner cashier; Railey 
& Bro. 

Lodges — Weston Lodge, No. 53, B. F. Newhouse, W. M.; 
Star of the West, Good Templars, A. G. BellerT W. C. T. 

Preachers— J. W. Waller (Chris.), T. W. Barnett (Bap.), Robt. 
Austin (M. E.), E. B. Sherwood (Pres.), A. Batte (Epis.). Amsberger 
(Ger. M. E.). 

At Parliville: Carmody, Davis. Earl, Kahm, Bueneman 
(postmaster), Luthy, Dale, Mitchell, Dr. Moore, Park, Pack, Jor- 
dan, Summers. 

Camden Point: Coffev, Hale (postmaster), Dibble (academy). 
Jack. Piillins&Ivirtlev. 

1866, JAN. 429 LYCEUM. 

At Farley: Dr. Holt, Meads (postmaster), Simpson. 
At latan: Siuitli (po.stmastei-). Dr. Larry. 
,i^ Xcir Market: Armstrong-. All«ai, Cartwrijjjhl, Singleton. 
At Ridfiehj: Chrisman, (Jnslin, Ellington, Robinson, Hill 


Jan. 1 — I have files of the Border Tiine^ and Reveille in full, 
and of the Landmark about half the numbers of the year 1867. 


The young people of IMatte City have formed a lyceum with 
Ad. Burge as president, and hold weekly meetings at the Baptist 
church for debate. They have raised money, and have purchased 
a library, which is kept in the closet of the probate office, with 
Ben Gilbert as librarian. 

Mr. Oldham runs a daily hack for passengers between Platte 
City and Leavenworth, fare f 1. 

The only mail to Platte City is a triweekly from Weston. 

Hitherto revenue stamps have been required on deeds, 50 
cents on every |500 of consideration; process for suit, 50 cents; 
bank check, 2 cents; contract, 5 cents; and affidavit, 25 cents. 
The latter is now removed. 


Jan. 3 — Burglars, by night, entered the vault and broke open 
the small iron safe, taking |1,414. They attempted to break open 
the large burglar-proof safe, but failed; yet ruined the lock. It 
could not afterwards be opened here, and was sent to St. Louis, 
where a new Yale combination lock was ])ut Depositors 
were promptly paid, and the institution grew in favor. 


Feh. 1 — Man}' persons are taking advantage of the new Bank- 
rupt Law, 

Cockrill, Blackmore & McCluer, of Weston, establish a 
branch store at Platte City. 

H. .7. Wolf resigns as judge of the Weston Court of Common 
Pleas, and Jas. N. Burnes is appointed in his place. 

James Adkins bought of E. C. Cockrill the Hays farm, two 
miles north of Platte City, consisting of 170 acres, at |5,400. 

The real estate of J. V. Cockrell. deceased, sold for partition, 
bi'ought the average price of |28 per acre. 

The cases of C. M. Boyd rs. C W. Belt (treasurer), of M. Miles 
r.s. Isaac Dean (suptn-visor of registration), of D. W. Moore vs. D, 
P. Lewis (county clerk), and of F. Luthy rs. J. A. Stone (assessor), 
were heard by the circuit court and dismissed. 

1867, FEB. 430 J. H. LAYTON. 


Feb. 7 — Judge Jas. H. Lajton died at his home above Weston. 
Steele & Smither administered, giving bond for $40,000. Judge 
Layton was born in Mason County, Ky., July 13, 1813; married in 
August. 1836, Sarah Smither. They came to Platte in 1814, and 
settled in Marshall Township. He was elected in August, 1856, 
a judge of the county court. When, in 1860, the county court 
was reduced to one judge, he was appointed to the oflflce. In 
November, 1864, he was elected to the same oflflce. He was ousted 
by the Vacating Ordinance, and H. M. Aller succeeded him. His 
stern integrity, with the nerve and resolution to do his duty, 
peculiarly fitted him for the responsible office he held in the 
troublous time of war. His courage, justice, and honor are the 
chief treasures he left to his posterity. Ch: 
I. MARY LAYTOX, b. in 1839; m'd W. W. Rhinehart. Ch: 

1. Sallie Rhinehart, m'd Jan. 28, 1890, Charles A. Ohl- 


2. Clarence Rhinehari. 3. Nellie. 
Mrs. Rhinehart m'd 2d, a McKirk. 

II. DAVID B. LAYTOX, b. Feb. 2, 1841; m'd Dec. 31. 1863, Marv 

J. Risk. (See.) 
m. ALICE LAYTOX, m"d Benton Gabbert. (See.) 
IV. PERRY S. LAYTOX^, b. Feb. 14, 1846; m'd 1st, Dec. 21, 1870, 

Sallie Lovelady,b. in 1852; d. Mav 13, 1875, leaving children: 

1. 2Iay Lai/ton, m'd April 5, 1896, W. N. Stagner. 

2. SaMe. 3. Myrtle. 4. Ada. 

Perry S. m'd 2d, Jan. 9, 1876, X^annie Lovelady, sister of 
his first wife. Thev live in Kansas. 
V. SARAH AXX LAYTOX, m'd Merrit L. Xewby, b. Jan. 22, 
1848. Mr. Xewby is a farmer of Marshall Township, Ch: 
1. Ida G. NeivT))/. 2. Lula J. 3. Jessie. 4. Sarah. 
5. Henry. 
VL ELVIRA LAYTOX, m'd J. W. Steele (ii), and was divorced. 
She then m'd Edgar W. Hull. Ch: 
1. Ermie. 2. Ira Cohurn. 
VIL JAMES W. LAYTOX, b. Aug. 27. 1857; m'd Jan. 22, 1880. 
Lydia Benner. (See.) Mr. Layton was, in Xovember. 
1894. elected a countv court justice, and is now in office. 
riU. ELIZABETH LAYTOX, m'd J. W. Xoland. 

Feb. 11 — Heavy rains. The ice in the Missouri River is 

The State Legislature repeals the law for a county court of 
one judge for Platte, and aiitliorizes the governor to appoint three. 

Cars are running from Weston to East Leavenworth, on the 
Platte Country Railroad, and the remainder of the road is nearly 

Elders Bird. Clay, and Williams hold a protracted meeting in 
the Baptist church, at Pleasant Ridge, and receive 27 members. 


Feb. l-'f — St. N'iikMiline's Day profaned by a dance and 
carousal, at the new court-house, called a dedication. 

Feb. 18 — Geo. S. Park is granted the seat in the State Senate 
to which D. D, Burnes was elected. 


March 1 — Of files for March I have the Landmark and Reveille 
full, and two numbers of the Border Times. 

The county court appoints L. E. Bradley surveyor, in the 
I)lace of Jas, Durbin, deceased. It seems J. S. Owens, who was 
elected in November, 18G6, did not qualify. 

Prof. Goodale retires, and Ringo & ^'ance take Weston High 

Abner Whiteley is buying much land in the Missouri River 
bottom, opposite Leavenworth. 

A lodge of Good Templars organized in Platte City. 


March 5 — Noah Beery, A. G. Brown, and Jacob Hanini, hold- 
ing commissions from the governo.;% as county justices, take the 
Constitutional oath, and form a new court. Judge Aller does 
not demur. 

A postoffice is established at Hampton, with Robt. Wilhite 

Marcli 9 — N. E. Wilkinson has finished his two story frame, on 
Lot 2, Block 30, Platte City, and moves into it, with his family 
and his stock of tinware. 

James R. Burckhartt and W. H. Hunt enter into the grocery 
business in the new Dovle building, on Lot 1, Block 29, Platte 
City. Burckhartt buys the house at 10,000. 

A moot court is formed at Platte City with W. M. Paxton 
judge. The bar consists of N. B. Anderson, Campbell, Gates, Con- 
nelly, Fleshman, Robertson, and Shaw. 

March 13 — W. M. Paxton, as agent for the county, sells the 
rock of the foundation of the old court-house, publicly. 

Daniel D. Burnes died. (See.) 

March Hi — John Swaney died at Platte City. He was a 
younger brother of Hugh Swaney (see), and was born in Indiana 
July 4, 1814. He married there a Miss Falken, who died, leaving 
one child: 

L NANCY SWANEY. She m'd John Keller, and d. childless. 

Mr. Swaney m'd 2d, Sept. 19, 1844. Delilah Wills, dr. of Geo. 

She was born ^May 10, 1820. and died October 29, 1809. :Mr. 

Swaney was a sprightly, enterprising, and social gentleman — a 

1867, MARCH. 432 JOHN ZARN. 

Mason and a zealous Christian. He was a constable, assessor, 
and deputy sheriff. With Wilburn Chrlstison, he engaged in the 
mercantile business, at Platte City, just before the war, and built 
the Swaney block, on Lot 6, Block 30, of Platte City. He erected 
also the Zarn dwelling. But the advent of the war found him in 
debt, and he failed. Children by his second wife: 
n. LAURA SWANEY, m'd Chester Hurlbut. (See.) 
in. JOHN SWANEY (ii), m'd Sept. 6, 1871, Luella Middleton, b. 
Sept. 6, 1854, dr. of Wm. T. Ch: 
1. John W. Sicmiey. 2. Roht. Hugh. 
IV. HUGH SWANEY (ii), m'd Alice Singleton, dr. of W. T. 

In a poem I dedicated to the memory of John Swaney (i) is 
the following stanza: 

Active, bold, and self-reliant, 

Full of energy and zeal. 
And to sanguine hope compliant, 

He was crushed by Fortune's wheel. 
Body w^orn and spirit broken. 

Soon the grave received his clay; 
But no charge was ever spoken. 
And his memory 's pure to day. 

Hon, Walter King, judge of the circuit court, is impeached 
by the House of Representatives for disloyalty. He received 
news of the charges while holding court in Ray County, and im- 
mediately adjourned. 

Jenkins & Son sell their drug store in Platte City to Dr. G. 
W. Smith, and Smith becomes postmaster. 

Jas. Adkins sells to John Zarn Lots 7 and 8, Block 30, Platte 
City, with the brick house thereon, for |1,661. 

Let us here notice 


He was born in Prussia May 29, 1832, and served an apprentice- 
ship to a shoemaker. He is tall and soldierlike, and served in the 
German army for some years. He came to the United States 
in 1856, and settled at Platte City in 1858. He has been in the 
shoe trade at Platte Cdty ever since. We have no better citizen 
than John Zarn. He has prospered in business and is wealthy. 
He purchased, in 1885, the Bane farm of 350 acres, at |11.05 per 
acre. He married January 17, 1867, Kate V. Jacquemin, born 
December 14, 1843. He belongs to the Lutheran Church, and his 
wife is a Catholic. Ch : 

L RICHARD C. ZARN, b. Nov. 1, 1867, now a merchant of 

Burlington Junction, Mo. 
IL CLARA C. ZARN, b. Sept. 30, LS60. She is regarded as one 

of the best musicians in the counti-y. and her services as a 

teacher are in demand. 
in. CHARLES B. ZARN, b. July 11. 1871; m'd Nov. 12, 1896, 

Lizzie Davis, dr. of W. H. 

1867, APRIL. 433 ELECTIONS. 

IV. GEORGE G. ZARN, b. April 4, 1873. 
V. MINNIE ZARN, b. Dec. 27, 1877; d. Jan. 20, 1897. I append 
one stanza from a poem I devoted to her memory: 

As chaste as the snow on tlie mountain, 

In grace she surpassed the gazelle; 
Her thoughts were as pure as the fountain. 

And guile from her lips never fell. 
Her spirit was Purity's bower; 

Her person was moulded by Grace; 
Her soul was a half-o]>en tlower, 

Where Innocence veiled a sweet face. 

Revival at Platte City under the preaching of Austin and 
Leftwich. Sixty additions to the Methodist Episcopal Church. 


The income tax is 5 per cent on all sums over $1,000. In- 
heritances are taxed, and professions licensed. Legal instru- 
ments are stamped. 


April 1 — J. A. Halderman is elected mayor of Leavenworth, 
and T. F. Warner mayor of Weston. Beery, Belt, Guthrie, Hern- 
don. Merrvman, Tufts, and Wells are elected trustees of Platte 

City. ^ 1 I : , 1 i: 1 I'l 

E. S. Frazier having died, his widow, Elizabeth, administers. 
Bond, .f 2.000. Ch: 


VII. SARAH, m'd Wm. Hatton. 

VIII. IV A JANE FRAZIER, m'd W. H. Fuller. 
Grasshopper's hatching. 

April .7 — The new county court orders the treasurer not to 
pay any warrant issued by Judge Aller; but this order was con- 
sidered as null, for all were paid. 

April 20 — A. J. T'olman opens a tin and stove shop in Platte 

T. C. Batterlv advertises a wool-carding factorv in Platte 

An earthquake felt in IMatte City and as far east as Lexing- 
ton, Missouri. 

April 2.J— The Platte County «S: Ft. Des Moines Railroad, 
now known as the C. & S. W. Railway, has purchased the right of 
way through nearly every farm on the route. Jas. N. Burnes and 
N. P. Ogden had a contract to buy the route and construct the 



April 29 — An unsuccessful attempt to assassinate Oapt. W. 
J. Fitzgerald. 




Court-house warrants $ 120.00 

Other warrants 39,749.22 

Borrowed of School Funds 4,741.62 

Warrants for railroad bonds 45,521.35 .$210,012.19 

Collected during the year 42,678.22 


Add outstanding warrants 13,500.00 

W. & A. Railroad bonds I 43,500.00 

Interest 4,580.00 48,080.00 

P. & G. R. Railroad bonds 100,000.00 

Interest 29,930.00 129,9.30.00 

Interest on School Funds bonds 474.16 

County debt .$359,318.13 

Coupons paid, -110,530. Lands, 264,435 acres, assessed at 
^4,-339,284; but this valuation was reduced by the State board of 

Tax Books: Lands and lots, |4,361,368; other property, 
$2,054,716; insurance companies, |5,881; making, |6,421,965. 

Total taxes assessed, $86,464. 

Valuation of Stock: Horses, 5,858; each, |40; mules and 
asses, 1,587; each, $62; cattle, 11,036; each, $19; sheep, 16,206; 
each, $2; hogs, 40,339; each, $4.67. 

Expenditures in Detail. 

Bridges on turnpike $ 496.00 

Skinner s bridge 50.00 

Platte City bridge 429.00 

Prairie Creek bridge 709.00 

Bridge on Weston & St. Joseph road 100.00 

Bridge on Kansas City and Barry road 500.00 

Other roads and bridges 2.187.00 

Poor 4,-354.00 

Old County Court 980.00 

New County Con r( 305.00 

County Clerk (Moorej 3,931.00 

County Clerk (Lewis) 324.00 

Assessor (Stone) 1,397.00 

County Attorney (Wilson) 600.00 

Sheriff (Ogden) .' 2.550.00 

Circuit Clerk (Belt and Tufts) 1,725.00 

1867, MAY. 435 HIGH WATER. 

Tivasurrr iK. M. .lohnstoii) 11,000.00 

Statiouery. 804.00 

rriutiug 015.00 

Coui't-house 1,258.00 

Jail 30.00 

Wood 173.00 

Weston Court of Comiuou rieas 293.00 

Criminal costs 2,750.00 

Registration 1,004.00 

Court-house Commissioner (Murphy) 10,000.00 

Sundry purposes 579.22 

Total 139,749.22 

County leyy, -f 1.18. 

Taxable property of Platte City. .$247,500. Taxes collected, 


The Missouri is now falling. The riyers were, the middle of 
April, higher than at any time since 1858. The high-water years 
haye been as follows: 1820, 1844, 1858, 1807, 1881, 1892. The aver- 
age is fourteen 3^ears. It is an Indian tradition that the Missouri 
rises to a great height, on an average, every fonrteen years. Next 
to 1844 was the rise of 1858. The next highest water was in 1881; 
and 1807 comes next. In 1892 the r